Student Success Centre

Graduate Student Career Counselling Services

Graduate Student Career Services

Career Counselling Services

Drop-in Career Counselling

Brief, career counselling appointments; typically Tuesdays 9-noon and Wednesdays 1-4; no appointment necessary. Learn more.

Career Counselling appointments

Meet one-on-one in a confidential and professional environment to discuss career-related concerns including career decision making, identifying career options, creating application packages and preparing for interviews, among other topics.  Our Career Counsellors have graduate degrees in counselling and are certified counsellors. Learn more.

Group Career Counselling - Just for International Students

Small group sessions for 15 international undergradute and graduate students. Receive help and guidance from Career Counsellors and other international students in finding and keeping employment in Canada. Learn more.

Mock Interviews

Practice your interview skills and receive feedback from a Career Counsellor in this 1hr, video-captured mock interview. Learn more.

Career-related Programming

Note: Registration for Career Related programming takes place on CareerCentral.

Life after WesternU: Career Conference

Planning for life after WesternU starts now! At this conference attend workshops and think about your next steps and taking control of your own destiny. The Life after WesternU Career Conference has been designed to address a variety of career-related topics that are applicable to all stages of your career planning. Offered annually in late January.     

Special concurrent sessions just for graduate students. Learn More.

Government of Canada: Recruitment of Policy Leaders  (RPL)

Each year, the Government of Canada seeks to attract those who want to make a contribution to public service after a proven record of success. Successful participants will have exceptional leadership abilities, demonstrated through academic, work and volunteer experience. RPL represents a unique opportunity to apply your expertise and experience to new public policy challenges, directly impacting issues that affect Canadians. RPL alumni include many of Canada’s top young professionals, academics, scientists and thinkers. You may be the next member of this vibrant network!

Information session is offered annually. Check CareerCentral for dates.

Career Resources

Grad Path

Grad Path is a Western-based portal that helps graduate students identify the competencies developed through graduate studies, and highlights professional development opportunities that will help develop these competencies.  The website highlights information and resources you will need to succeed at each stage of the graduate journey, from coursework through comprehensive exams, thesis writing and publishing to the job search after graduation.

My Grad Skills

My Grad Skills offers 18 free online e-learning courses specifically developed and geared toward graduate students and their career needs. Topics include Academic and Professional Communication for New Researchers, Academic and Research Integrity, Converting a CV to a Resume, Entrepreneurship  and New Venture Creation, Foundations of Community Engagement, Lesson Planning, Mental Health and Well-Being: Skills for Graduate Students, Non Academic Work Search, Research Management, Teaching Dossiers, Teaching Online, Advanced Facilitation Skills for Graduate Students, The Versatile Graduate: Exploring Diverse Career Paths for PhDs, among others. Learn more. 

The Grad Student Way

The Grad Student Way was created to help graduate students get through the process and answer questions along the way. Some very important questions are for example: How does one generate or earn a second, passive, residual or recurring income online while in graduate school? How do you network effectively (using social media) to ensure career success? How does one keep a healthy balanced lifestyle while staying in Academia?

Other Career-related Services and Programs

CareerCentral

Western's CareerCentral includes job posting board, events calendar featuring career-related events including employer visits and information sessions, career fairs and special events.

Career/Job Fair

Fairs are a great way to network with recruiter contacts who can help you gain a better understanding of the transferable skills your degree has given you that can ultimately help you in your career. Talk to recruiters about workplace trends; the skills, experience and knowledge required to get hired into the industry; and what will set you apart as a potential candidate. Learn more.

Federal Public Service Graduate Recruitment Programs

The federal public service is the engine of the Government of Canada. The federal public service employs people to work in a professional and non-partisan manner, and to perform work essential to Canada’s well-being and enduring strength.

Learn more about their graduate recruitment programs.