Gear Up to Graduate

Gear up to graduate

Congratulations! With graduation right around the corner, it's time to put all the pieces of your UVic experience together—your interests, competencies and experience—to help you make the leap into the working world.

Don't worry—it's normal to be anxious, and we're here to help. We've put together all the resources you need to take the next step.

Plus: Even after you graduate, you can continue to access our career help and resources forever as an alumnus!

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

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

Utilize LinkedIN: 

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 Student Grant for Full-Time Students

The Government of Canada has made this grant available to low and middle-income students who are in school full-time. If you are going to school part-time, see grant for part-time students.

For the 2020 to 2021 school year, you could receive up to $6,000 or up to $750 per month of study. The school year runs from August 1 of the current year to July 31 of the next year. You can receive this grant for each year of your undergraduate studies as long as you are still in school full-time.

See details here.

Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

For the 2020 to 2021 school year, you could receive $4,000. You can get this grant for each year of your studies as long as you still qualify. The school year runs from August 1 of the current year to July 31 of the next year.

If you qualify, and have an assessed need of $1,400, you will still receive the $4,000 grant. In this case, the grant would cover your assessed need, so you would not need a student loan.

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 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

Connect with your Career Educator.

Join the alumni community

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.

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.

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 LearninginMotion. 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.

  • 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.
  • uVolunteer: An international volunteer abroad program that works with NGOs, governments, grassroots organizations and private partners to offer volunteer projects.