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Empowering our employees in their careers

Employee career advising services are available to all members of the University of Waterloo community, including full-time employees, CUPE members, faculty and contract staff with a term of at least one year. The individual career appointments are free of charge and most importantly are confidential. We're determined to work diligently with you to help you identify your goals and pursue opportunities to grow and develop your career.

Career advising appointments

Our employee career advisor and learning specialist can assist you with:

  • Planning your future career development 

  • Decision-making around career changes 

  • Taking personality and interest assessments 

  • Identifying ways to advance at work 

  • Exploring professional development and further education opportunities

  • Support, guidance and advice for challenging workplace situations

Upcoming workshops

Thursday, January 25, 2024 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Exploring Your VIA Character Strengths

Knowing your strengths and how to use them is essential to your career growth and development. This workshop will explore our strengths using the VIA Character Strengths assessment. We will explore how our strengths can be used in new ways at work and at home. We will learn how to spot and appreciate strengths in others, including our work colleagues, and create stronger connections with them.  

Your career advisor

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Sue Fraser , MSW, RSW (she/her)

Employee career advisor and learning specialist

I have been a psychotherapist and trainer for over 25 years. I have worked with trauma survivors, as an employee assistance counsellor working with employees and their families and as a counsellor with the University of Waterloo’s Counselling Services.

My counselling and coaching skills, my degree in science and my small business background make me uniquely qualified to help employees explore their career options and create a path to achieve their goals.

Employee testimonials

Thank you so much for helping me escape an unhealthy work environment and find an amazing one! My manager is wonderful, supportive, understanding, helpful and compassionate. My team is great, my coworkers are friendly and helpful. I feel welcomed and appreciated here. I feel so happy and grateful to be in this position.

Staff member

I just wanted to reach out and let you know I was offered the role and negotiated a great offer. I cannot thank you enough for your support during this process - your compassion and breadth of knowledge are unmatched. I am sure we will connect again in one way or another as I navigate my now permanent career at Waterloo!

Staff member

Looking for a custom workshop?

Did you have another idea on how we could work together? Fill out our custom request form or email Sue Fraser to explore possible ways that we can provide support.

Additional supports

Get career-ready with CareerHub! This online tool contains information and activities designed to provide opportunities for you to reflect on and prepare for your career.