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Career Services Informer

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Archive for March, 2010

Peeriodical: An Exciting Career Path with SFU’s Career Development Practitioner Certificate

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Seeking to change, upgrade, develop or build your career? Do you like helping people and have an interest in career development? If so, Simon Fraser University’s continuing education program “Career Development Practitioner Certificate” within Career and Life Planning may be your answer to a meaningful career with promising job prospects.

Depending on what best fits your schedule and whether or not you wish to work while studying, you may chose the part-time or full-time program delivery option; the full-time program takes 4 months of full-time study, while the part-time program can be completed in as little as 8 months (to a maximum of 2 years).
This National Career Development Association (NCDA)-accredited program is delivered in a cohort model for an optimal learning experience and is divided into 9 modules which consist of courses, 2 practicum placements, Job Finding Club Training and Personality Dimensions I Training. Course topics include career theory, counselling skills, career planning, labour market trend analysis, resume writing skills, vocational rehabilitation, group facilitation, and program management to name a few. 

In my opinion, the role of SFU Career Peer will serve as an advantage for prospective applicants to the certificate as many aspects of the program are well-related to both our training and experience in the SFU Career Centre.

Factors considered in the admission process include educational background, experience, personality, interest in the field and in helping others, and EQ.
Graduates of the program can expect to work for a wealth of government-funded programs (after all, it is in the government’s best interests to keep the public employed, and thus it is willing to put money into employment services!) Positions in high schools and post-secondary institutions are also available, but tend to be more competitive. Employment for graduates has been good – around 85-90% – and graduates can expect to make around $20-24/hr.

The cost of the program which includes access to SFU resources is $6700, plus approximately $200 for textbooks.

Detailed info sessions are held most months. To register for an info session or for more information on the program (including course descriptions and program contact information) please visit: http://www.sfu.ca/cstudies/mpprog/careerpractitioner.htm

For more information about the field, please visit:
Career Management Association of BC: http://bccma.ca/
BC Career Development Association: http://www.bccda.org/
National Career Development Association: www.ncda.org (American site)

Rebecca Simms, SFU Career Peer

Concerned about looking for work in this economy after graduation?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Backpack to Briefcase is an annual event to help upcoming and recent SFU graduates with transitioning from university to the world of work.


So how do SFU Alumni land their jobs?

Monday, March 8th, 2010

I know I was always curious about this when I was an undergraduate student at SFU. This is why I’m thrilled to let you know that on Thursday, March 18, SFU Peer Programs and Career Services are hosting an event called Peer into your Career. Featuring a panel of five SFU alumni, each person will share their story on what they did to prepare themselves for the transition from university to career.  

These five alumni share a unique experience. While at SFU, they all supplemented their academic life with volunteer work as peer educators. Their motivation to become peer educators was varied. For some, it was to meet new people and make a difference at SFU. For others, it was chance to get professional experience and develop a host of skills that would be useful in their career.

I’m excited because this is the first time we’ve invited peer educator alumni back to campus. I’m curious about their journey since graduation. How did they land their jobs? What challenges did they face? What advice do they have for current students? In the past eight years that I’ve been working with peer educators, I’ve enjoyed getting to know students, following their development and witnessing their professional and personal transformation. So what a delight it will be to see them again and hear about their career experience!

Are you keen to hear how volunteering can help you with your career and meet some successful SFU alumni? If so, please register yourself for this event. Space will be limited, so REGISTER TODAY!: www.sfu.ca/wil/symplicity

Peeriodical: To Shake or Not to Shake? “Sick Handshake” Etiquette

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Going to an interview used to be so simple.

1)  Walk into the room.
2)  Introduce yourself.
3)  Shake hands.
4)  Sit down.
5)  Brace yourself for trial by fire.
What could be easier? Well, maybe a lot of things, but at least steps 1 through 4 were pretty straightforward. Right? I mean, what could possibly go wrong with introducing yourself and shaking hands?

…Or so I thought, until the H1N1 flu virus hit. (more…)

Peer Into Your Career

Friday, March 5th, 2010

When:  March 18
Where: WMX Lounge
Who: Alumni Panel

Chris Lo
HR Advisor – Recruitment , City of Burnaby
Chris Lo has a BBA from SFU with a concentration in HR Management (Grad of ‘09). He is currently working for the City of Burnaby, named the “Best Run City in Canada” by Maclean’s Magazine. He is responsible for recruitment activities across the City including developing strategies, job profiling, posting, sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates. He also helps to facilitate interview preparation / feedback for internal candidates and his experience gained from volunteering as a Career Peer Educator at SFU has definitely been beneficial!

Shawna Lum
Program Coordinator, Burnaby MoreSports
VP – Operations, Twinbro
Shawna graduated from SFU in June 2009 with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology. She currently leads Burnaby MoreSports, a non-profit which provides sport opportunities for underprivileged youth. She is also involved with building Twinbro, an organization which provides inspiration and information for youth to access post-secondary education and achieve their goals. Shawna volunteered as a Peer Health Educator during her studies at SFU.
Jennifer Liu, Regional Communications Consultant
Service Canada, BAT Region (British Columbia/Alberta/Northwest Territories)
Jennifer graduated from SFU in June 2009 with a BA in Communication. As a student, Jennifer was a Learning and Writing Peer Educator as well as a Career Peer Educator, volunteered with local NGOs, participated in the Vancouver Board of Trades’ Leaders of Tomorrow program, worked part-time, and of course, took courses. In November 2009, she made a leap from Vancouver to accept her current position in Edmonton.
Cameron Cunningham
Medical Student, UBC
Cameron completed an honours degree in Kinesiology at SFU in 2006 and was involved as a Peer Health Educator and Nightline volunteer. Since then he has obtained an MSc in Neuroscience and is currently in medical school at UBC. Outside school, Cameron enjoys doing triathlons and exploring the great outdoors.

Kirtida Lad
Staff Associate 1, CASB Student
Dale Matheson Carr-Hilton Labonte LLP Chartered Accountants
Kirtida graduated from SFU in 2008 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in both accounting and finance. While at SFU she was a Career Peer Educator, belonged to the Accounting Student Association and was involved in various events and competitions. She currently works for a mid-sized accounting firm and is working towards attaining a Chartered Accountancy designation.

What Can I Do in Government

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Connect with alumni, current students (and maybe a few managers!) with experience working in the federal and provincial public service in Ottawa, Victoria, and Vancouver and hear what they have to say about the work, the people, and the opportunities.

The event will run as follows:

12:30pm – 1:50pm – Session 1 (with mini-networking session)

2:00pm – 3:30pm – Session 2 (with mini-networking session)
Register now to secure a spot in this traditionally full house event! Please RSVP on Symplicity. You may only RSVP for ONE session.

  • Date: Wed, Mar 24
  • Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm (2 sessions)
  • Location: MBC 2290, SFU Burnaby