Career Ambassador Program
The Career Ambassador Program (CAP) provides peer career assistance and support. CAP is staffed entirely by trained student volunteers, supported by the expertise of our Co-op and Career staff.
Now taking applications for career ambassadors until August 10!
Apply now to
become a CA!
Looking for a volunteer position? We're hiring!
As a career ambassador (CA), you'll help support students in their career development as they connect their academic studies, personal and professional goals. Our CAs work as a team to promote experiential learning (volunteering, service-learning, co-op, part-time work, casual jobs and more) and connect students with the valuable career resources, programs, events and opportunities available at UVic.
You'll strengthen your communication, teamwork, leadership, marketing and event coordination skills through regular professional development sessions and hands-on experience working with Co-op and Career staff and other students. You'll also gain valuable experience in career development support.
Applications will be are accepted until August 10, 2013 or until all positions have been filled. To apply, please see posting #100364 on the Co-op and Career portal (volunteer tab).
How can CAs
Career ambassadors can help you with:
- cover letter writing
- résumé writing
- career resources and support
There are two ways to connect:
- In person: Check out the drop-in schedule (choose "Career ambassadors") to meet with a career ambassador one-on-one—just bring your résumé and cover letter along (hard copy or laptop).
- By email: You can also email your résumé and career questions to email@example.com anytime and a career ambassador will respond with feedback.
Hi! My name is Christina and I am a third-year student in the biology program, focusing on ecology. I have been with the Career Ambassador program since the start, learning and growing with it. From Resumania, hot chocolate giveaways, to providing email feedback, Career Ambassadors are well versed in providing students fast, friendly and fun career-related advice on resumes and cover letters. I recently completed a co-op term in a bark beetle lab this summer, which has helped me become knowledgeable about the university standard quality that your documents need to be in so you can compete with the best. My specialty is of course the sciences, but I am also familiar with resumes relating to other areas; as Career Ambassadors, we do it all! Resumes are a constant work-in-progress and evolve with a student as they progress through their post-secondary education, so periodically updating it and reviewing it will pay off down the road. I encourage you to come in and have a chat with a Career Ambassador about current or future job applications, and we will help put you on the right track to success.
Hi, I'm Elizabeth, currently a fourth year Psychology and Professional Writing student. I have a broad spectrum of interests, which makes it hard for me to pin down the type of job I'd like to do in the future. But I enjoy travelling and learning new cultures, in addition to helping people as much as I can. So that's what brought me here, to assist you! Drop by if you need help polishing your cover letter and resume, or to discuss co-op experience. But also drop by if you just want to chat about career advice. I've networked with lots of alumni from most faculties while working for Uvic and I think it's invaluable to hear some of their tips and experience when building your career path.
Hello there! My name is Lexie Morgan, I am a second year social sciences student with plans to pursue a degree in social work. I’ve spent the last three summers working at summer camps in Alberta and California; I enjoy working with people and would love to broaden my own experiences further by assisting others in anyway that I can. The Co-op and career center is a fantastic resource for those looking for some guidance and answers to resume questions! I may be new to the program but I look forward to learning a lot and helping in anyway I can. So come by and learn more about all the resources we have to offer!
Hi, my name is Miranda. I'm a third year student taking a double major in Environmental Studies and Sociology with a minor in Business. I am in the Co-op program and have just completed my third Co-op term with the Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability at UVic. I am passionate about creating positive change for the environment. Being a student myself I hope to help other students achieve the support they need to apply for co-op positions, part time jobs, volunteer positions etc. I'm really excited to volunteer as a Career Ambassador this year. Please come by the office during our drop in hours to get help with your resumes, cover letters, bounce ideas or if you have any questions!
Hi, I’m Rebekka! I am currently in my third year at UVic, working towards a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability. I enjoy being active and eating sushi! I have completed two co-op work terms with the geography department so if you have any questions about the co-op process, interviews, job searches or are just looking for general information do not hesitate to ask! Resumes and cover letters can be difficult to write, having an extra pair of eyes to look over it can be extremely beneficial. Drop by anytime or send an email if you want to chat about co-op, future career prospects or part time job searches. We have a ton of resources to offer you!
My name is Renae and as a fourth year Political Science major and Economic Policy minor with three work terms of Co-op experience, I relate to how stressful job applications and interviews can become. My personal frustration with these processes inspired me to engage with the Social Sciences Co-op program in a volunteer capacity in 2010, and as the Social Sciences Co-op Student Representative for Political Science for 2011-2012. Volunteering with the Co-op Program allowed me to share my experiences with my peers, to provide suggestions on how the Co-op program could be improved to benefit the student body, and to facilitate Co-op seminars designed to prepare students for future work terms. Through my transition to Career Services as a Career Ambassador I hope to reach a new group of students eager to learn more about career development. I encourage you to visit the Co-op and Career Services office to discover the resources that are available to you. Please feel free to visit me to discuss anything from general career ideas to the technical aspects of resumé writing; I am more than happy to help!
Hello, my name is Richard. I am currently in my third year of a Geography and Environmental Studies double major. My career goal is to become a community planner, and I’ve already had some experience in local Government. Having been involved in the Co-operative Education Program I have some experience with university level résumés, cover letters and interviews. I am more than happy to share some advice and my experiences.
Hi, my name is Shelby. I am a third year student at UVic, majoring in sociology and minoring in technology and society. I am very passionate about music, travelling, laughing and the 1960s. I am looking forward to a career of helping youth by counseling them and getting them involved in their communities. If you are looking for a laid-back atmosphere but with all jokes aside, come see me to get help with your resume and cover letter!
Hi, my name is Tess and I'm a second year Social Sciences student. I grew up on classic novels which helped me develop a keen eye for grammatical errors and an adoration for editing. I love traveling and would like to become an ESL teacher, enabling me to combine my passion for exploring the world with my desire to teach. Stop by sometime and we can look over your resume and cover letter together—I can even give you some handy interview tips!
What is a
- Provide feedback and support to students on their résumés and cover letters
- Reinforce the value and services of Co-op and Career Services at the University of Victoria
- Communicate with UVic students about Co-op and Career Services events
- Generate enthusiasm among our students about Co-op and Career Services and events
- Coach students in preparing résumés, cover letters and job applications
- Assist students in accessing job search related resources
- Promote Co-op and Career Services events and programs (e.g. distribution of marketing materials, networking, presentations, chalk boarding etc)
- Participate in the preparation, running and take down of events
- Support recruitment, selection, orientation and training of future Career Ambassadors
- Monitor Career Ambassador email and respond to student enquiries
- Update social media sites as needed
- Proven ability to build rapport and communicate with tact and sensitivity
- Excellent English writing, proofreading and editing skills
- Completed a 1st year English course (or equivalent)
- Be in good academic standing with UVic
- Available to participate for a minimum of 10 hours per month
- Commit to volunteer from September to May
- Attend all mandatory training programs and scheduled meetings
- Available one evening per month for training and development sessions
- Leadership or coaching experience
- Energetic, outgoing and dedicated to making a difference
- Strong desire to assist and inform other students about career related strategies
- Works well as part of a team as well as independently to achieve results
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Respect for diversity, professional and committed
- Experience with public speaking
EXPECTED OUTCOMES/COMPETENCIES DEVELOPED
- Public speaking, leadership and coaching experience
- Knowledge of résumé and cover letter writing
- Marketing, communications and event management experience
For more information on the Career Ambassador Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Career Services daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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