Gear Up to Graduate

Gear up to graduate
A lot has changed in the past few months and we know that it's a challenging time to be preparing for future work. We're here to help. Connect with us online and explore the resources below.

DID YOU KNOW? You can continue to access our career help and resources forever!

Connect with your personal career educator

Did you know you have a dedicated career educator who specializes in your area of study? Your career educator can help you:

  • discover what types of careers would be a good fit for you
  • develop your interview and networking skills
  • work through the challenges of graduating at this unique time
To book a 30-minute phone or video conference appointment with a career educator:
  1. Log in to the Co-op and Career portal 
  2. Select the "Appointments" tab and choose "Career Services"
  3. Select the staff member you would like to meet with (tutorial: How to book an appointment in the Co-op and Career portal)
Who is your career educator?

Business students - Andrée-Anne Leroy

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Andrée-Anne Leroy is the career educator for students in the Faculty of Business.

Email:

Phone: 250-721-6087

Office: Business and Economics Building, room 107

Office hours: Varies, contact

Engineering and Computer Science students - John Fagan

John Fagan, career educator for the Faculty of Engineering

John Fagan is the career educator for students in the Faculty of Engineering.

Email:

Phone: 250-472-5825

Office: Engineering and Computer Science Building, room 210

Office hours: Varies - contact .

Education students - Joy Andrews

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Joy Andrews is the career educator for students in the Faculty of Education.

Email:

Phone: 250-721-8421

Office: Campus Services Building, room 110

Office hours: Varies - contact careers@uvic.ca

Fine Arts students - Joy Andrews

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Joy Andrews is the career educator for students in the Faculty of Fine Arts.

Email:

Phone: 250-721-8421

Office: Campus Services Building, room 110

Office hours: Varies - contact careers@uvic.ca

Human and Social Development students - Jeremy Pearce

Jeremy Pearce, career educator for the Faculty of Human and Social Development

Jeremy Pearce is the career educator for students in the Faculty of Human and Social Development.

Email:

Phone: 250-721-8421

Office: Campus Services Building, room 110

Office hours: Varies - contact careers@uvic.ca

Humanities students - Joy Andrews

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Joy Andrews is the career educator for students in the Faculty of Humanities.

Email:

Phone: 250-721-8421

Office: Campus Services Building, room 110

Office hours: Varies - contact careers@uvic.ca

Science students - Jeremy Pearce

Jeremy Pearce, career educator for the Faculty of Human and Social Development

Jeremy Pearce is the career educator for students in the Faculty of Science.

Email:

Phone: 250-721-8421

Office: Campus Services Building, room 110

Office hours: Varies - contact careers@uvic.ca

Social Sciences - Richard Myers

Richard Myers, career educator for the Faculty of Social Sciences

Richard Myers is the career educator for students in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Email:

Phone: 250-721-8421

Office: Campus Services Building, room 110

Office hours: Varies - contact careers@uvic.ca

Access resources to help you take your next step

From job posting links to career exploration worksheets, and everything in between, here are resources to help you maintain momentum. You can also learn about available financial support.

Learn about possible careers

Find out how to describe your strengths to employers

Write effective résumés and cover letters

Develop interview and networking skills

Consider whether graduate school is right for you

Graduate school can be a great next step--for some, it's a career path (if you're thinking about working in academia), and for others it's a great way to enrich your learning.

We've put together some steps to help you figure out if graduate school is a good fit. You can also talk to your career educator for a one-on-one chat.

Access financial support

Many students are experiencing unexpected financial hardship because of COVID-19. Here are a few resources that may be helpful:

Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB)

The Government of Canada has launched the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) to provide supoprt to students and new graduates who are not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit or Employment Insurance.

This benefit will provide between $1,250 and $1,750 per month depending on whether students or graduates have dependents. This benefit will be available from May to August 2020.

See details here.

Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)

The Government of Canada's Canada Student Service Grant (CCSG) will help students and new graduates gain valuable work experience and skills while they help their communities during COVID-19.

Students who choose to do national service and serve their communities will receive up to $5,000 for their education in the fall.

See details & ongoing updates here.

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) provides a taxable benefit of $2,000 every 4 weeks for up to 16 weeks for eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19. See details & ongoing updates here.

Support for Indigenous students

The Government of Canada is providing financial support to First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation post-secondary students. See details & ongoing updates here.

Additional support from the Government of Canada

Connect with mentors

As a new grad, you'll be a part of the UVic alumni community! UVic Alumni Relations runs a ton of programs to help you stay connected.

Connect with a mentor

You can connect with an alumni mentor through UVic's online mentoring platform. Powered by Ten Thousand Coffees, this initiative will pair you with an alumnus who shares your career interests and goals.

The program has four faculty-based cafés but all students and alumni are welcome to take part.

Stay in touch with alumni in your community

More than 110,000 UVic alumni live and work around the globe. With regular alumni events held in cities across Canada and the world, it's easy to stay connected.

Learn about alumni groups in your region and see what's coming up near you.

Watch messages of encouragement from the UVic community

Members of the UVic community are sharing words of encouragement for students and new grads during this challenging time. Check out this year's Kind Mail videos for a pick-me-up.

 

Explore job posting sites

We've compiled a list of popular job posting sites to help you get started. Explore these sites to find a wide range of work opportunities.

Opportunities may be impacted by COVID 19 and may change or be removed as the situation develops.  Co-op and Career is not vetting individual posting sites or opportunities. We encourage you to connect with organizations directly to keep in the loop.

Employers across all sectors have been impacted by COVID-19, and this has changed the range of opportunities that are being posted.

Some sectors are actively hiring. Here are some curated lists that may be helpful if you're looking for positions in Victoria and Vancouver. We'll add other lists as we gather them. Remember that you can always connect with your career educator to chat about the experience and skills you can gain from these opportunities, and how they fit into your overall career goals.

NOTE: Opportunities may be impacted by COVID 19 and may change or be removed as the situation develops. Co-op and Career is not vetting individual posting sites or opportunities. We encourage you to connect with organizations directly to keep in the loop.

Know what area you want to work in? See the industry-specific job postings tab for tons more employer ideas, including more employers for tourism, parks and recreation.

Opportunities may be impacted by COVID 19 and may change or be removed as the situation develops. Co-op and Career is not vetting individual posting sites or opportunities. We encourage you to connect with organizations directly to keep in the loop.

Summer-specific job postings

General postings - Co-op and Career staff picks

General postings - BC

General postings - across Canada

Explore the following job posting sites for industry-specific job opportunities. Opportunities may be impacted by COVID 19 and may change or be removed as the situation develops.

Co-op and Career is not vetting individual posting sites or opportunities. We encourage you to connect with organizations directly to keep in the loop.

Accounting and auditing

Agriculture, forestry and fisheries

Arts and culture

Business and administration

Communications, public relations and marketing directories

Community and social services

Diversity

Education (K-12)

Education (post-secondary)

Engineering and information technology

Environmental and life sciences

Finance, banking and insurance

Banks and credit unions

Insurance Companies

Government

  • Govjobs.ca (links to federal, provincial and municipal job posting sites across Canada)

Municipal/regional

Provincial/Territorial

Federal

International

Health

Hospitality and tourism

Manufacturing, fashion and construction

Mining, oil and gas

Recreation centres and facilities

Sales and service

Transportation

Utilities

Check out our volunteer resources page for tons of information and volunteer opportunities, or check out posting sites below. Opportunities may be impacted by COVID 19 and may change or be removed as the situation develops.

Co-op and Career is not vetting individual posting sites or opportunities. We encourage you to connect with organizations directly to keep in the loop.

Opportunities at UVic

There are tons of opportunities to volunteer right here on campus. Here are some popular options:

Opportunities posted on Learning in Motion

Many organizations post volunteer opportunities on LearninginMotionl. To log in to the portal and see these postings, simply sign up for a free student or alumni account using your Netlink ID.

Opportunities in Canada

Check out these external directories to make a connection that’s right for you.

  • Volunteer Victoria: The primary recruitment and referral centre for the Greater Victoria Region. It can connect you with over 600 volunteer opportunities through its online database. Plus it provides individualized placement support to young people aged 15 to 29.
  • Canadian Volunteer Directory: Managed by Canadian-Universities.net, this resource is organized by category, city, town, county and province. The volunteer database is made up of over 4,000 categorized non-profit organizations and agencies from over 500 locations across Canada.
  • GoVolunteer: Lists volunteer opportunities with over 1,500 organizations in BC and Alberta.
  • Charity Village: A centralized site where the Canadian non-profit sector posts volunteer opportunities, resources and more.

International opportunities

Please see UVic's COVID-19 website for information about how COVID is impacting international travel.

Here is a short selection of volunteer service organizations - check out our volunteer page for questions to ask yourself when seeking international volunteer experience.

  • Volunteer BaseCamp: BaseCamps Volunteer Abroad Program is one of the longest running and most affordable international volunteer programs in the world. Since 1998, the program has coordinated international volunteers working on projects with small community groups, non-governmental organizations and institutions seeking volunteer assistance. This program places volunteers all over the world and includes extensive in-country orientation and training.
  • Latitude Global Volunteering: Latitude has operated in the field of international volunteering for over 40 years.  It places and supports student volunteers around the world.
  • GoAbroad: This US-based site provides a comprehensive international education and volunteering database.
  • International Volunteer Directory: Created by the staff of Experiential Learning International (ELI), this US not-for-profit organization specializes in international volunteer programs. The site provides excellent advice and information about volunteering abroad and provides a listing of ELI opportunities. 
  • CrossContinental Solutions: Offers flexible intern and volunteer abroad programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America with meals, accommodation, on-site support hotline and more.
  • Cross-Cultural Solutions: A not-for-profit organization that operates international volunteer programs in twelve countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 
  • uVolunteer: An international volunteer abroad program that works with NGOs, governments, grassroots organizations and private partners to offer volunteer projects.