The Centre for Career Action acknowledges that our work is on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our institution is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.The active work by the University of Waterloo toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.
Centre for Career Action
Your career is yours to decide, but we're here to help.
The Centre for Career Action (CCA) supports all students, alumni and employees. Career Advisors can help with career planning, career management strategies, graduate and professional school preparation, work search methods and setting meaningful career goals.
Go to WaterlooWorks to book:
- A one-on-one online/phone career appointment on a range of employment topics
- A virtual co-op consult for pre-first work term students (students who are currently on or have completed a work term should contact their student advisor for support)
- An online drop-in for help with résumé, cover letter, or interview topics (undergraduate and Master's students)
- An online career consult drop-in to start the career planning conversation (undergraduate and Master's students)
- Sep. 15, 2020
Ever heard the saying ‘read between the lines’? This phrase is definitely something to think about, especially in regard to storytelling. Being able to story tell is a great way to engage your listener – a potential employer in an interview – and share an understanding of the intricate parts of your professional past, rather than just telling them word for word what you put on your résumé. Articulating all the experiences you have gathered from previous work or volunteer positions is a key element to consider when preparing for an interview.
Storytelling can help you go beyond your résumé. Here are a few ways how it can work for you in an interview:
Storytelling conveys enthusiasm and emotions that separate you from just another résumé. Many interviewers go through a number of résumés and cover letters but what makes you stand out from the crowd of applicants is how you communicate your experience. Instead of simply talking about experiences, try to think about the “Why” – e.g. why did you pursue this experience and why did it stand out to you?
- A great story is more than just a summary and it’s important to remember that connecting with a potential employer doesn’t have to be scripted. Bringing in authenticity by sharing relevant experiences and stories that are exciting to you shows the employer your interests, strengths, and values.
- Telling your story shows how you are impact-driven. Every good story has a beginning, middle and an end, and there’s always a problem that needs solving. Putting into your own words how you have grown in your career, achieved goals, or developed new skills show that you have assessed what you have learned in your past experience and know what you bring to the table.
Developing a dialogue with your interviewers allows them to see much more than just your past experience and can lead to emotional connections being made. Everyone has a story to tell and using it in the right context can work wonders. Next time you apply for jobs, prepare for an interview, or get ready to network, don’t hesitate to share more about yourself.
- Aug. 21, 2020
Due to the current situation, this fall’s Volunteer Fair will be postponed until January 2021. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff while also supporting our local organizations and charities. Details about the Winter Volunteer Fair will be available on our website in November.
- Apr. 22, 2020
How do you plan for a career in a fast-paced, ever-changing and complex world? Participants at the first ever Career-a-thon dove straight into this question at the day-long career-planning “crash course” on Saturday, March 7.
Guided by a team of career advisors, students reflected on their interests, values and skills, considering how these aspects might contribute to their career goals and aspirations. Independent activities and group discussion facilitated their own career exploration with peers throughout the day.
- Jan. 18, 2021
This workshop is packed with unique tips and know-how on creating a custom profile and using the platform to its fullest extent. Learn to be an expert LinkedIn user and successful opportunity finder.
- Jan. 19, 2021
Graduating in 2021? Maximize your employment opportunities upon graduation by learning about Waterloo's job board, WaterlooWorks. Also hear about the many services and benefits offered through the Centre for Career Action and Alumni Relations that remain available to you after you graduate.
- Jan. 19, 2021
In this interactive workshop, you’ll practice translating academic language to industry language, apply strategies for answering interview questions and evaluate the effectiveness of responses to interview questions.