Career Management Centre Services

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Whether you are looking at your next promotion, focused on enhancing your performance in your current role, considering a career change or want to have more balance between your home and work life, the career management team can help you take the next step.

We empower students to have the skills, network and technical skills to manage their careers successfully by providing personalized coaching and dedicated career management programming.

Current and Prospective Students

Current and prospective MBA students will have access to the following services and opportunities organized by the Career Management Centre.

  • Career Programming

    The Career Management Center offers a host of workshops, seminars and courses to students and the external community on topics such as:

    LinkedIn - Profiles that perform and using them effectively for your job search

    StrengthsFinder - Optimizing your own and your team's strengths

    Networking with purpose - Even introverts can do it

    Level Up - Understanding how to position yourself for promotion

    Storytelling - Building your compelling story and how it relates to brand

    Wellness - How are you feeling? Mental wellness at work

    Building Resilience - How to manage change in the new world

  • Coaching Services
    Coaching is recognized as an invaluable tool for developing individuals to reach their true potential and research supports that self-awareness is one of the key components of successful leaders of today.

    Our ICF certified coaches are your personal thought partners and bring to the career conversation a breadth of experience as they guide you in the discovery of your own brand and career direction by using personal assessments, meaningful conversations and providing tactical advice. By engaging in the process, you will courageously learn about yourself, what the world of work means to you and your position in it.

    Career Services and the coaching models are unique to the Masters' programs and are customized to meet the needs of the student groups they serve. Full time students benefit from a robust coaching program that includes allocated coaching hours with their own assigned coach and two courses that focus on self awareness and tactical job search strategies to help students navigate a career pivot. The part-time and speciality masters programs also have coaching and customized programming. The Executive MBA program has six dedicated Executive Coaches who are experts in their field and can provide guidance on topics such as work/life balance and starting your own business.
  • Internships

    Internships are a wonderful way to apply learning from the classroom to the real world and develop skills that will help transition you in your career. Participating in an internship provides the opportunity to showcase your abilities to a potential employer, builds your professional reputation within and outside of the organization, and expands your network. Many organizations recruit for permanent positions from their internship talent pool.

    Internships occur over the summer months (May-August) and recruitment can start as early as September (yes, the month you start the program) for positions the following year. To participate, you must be a student in good standing with the program and have completed all required career courses. Please note, we do not directly place students into positions, rather we give them the skills to be successful in the application process and teach them how to manage their career for success in the future.

    View our Employer Report to learn more about where our students find summer and permanent employment.

     

  • Mentorship Program
    There are a plethora of mentorship programs available at the University of Alberta and to decide which one is best for you, we recommend you determine what your objective is for participating.

    The Career Management Centre's Mentorship program's focus is to provide customized connections for students who are seeking guidance around transitioning to Canadian work culture, insight into how to handle specific business situations, or finding success in the MBA program, to name a few topics students have sought help with from a mentor. Mentorship matches have included connections with CEOs, high level connections in municipalities, administration in academia, start up business owners, consultants and other functional areas.

    September is the launch of our mentorship program. As admission to the program is limited, students apply and complete an interview with the selection committee. Once accepted into the program, customized matches are created based on the student's declared interest, availability of desired mentor and match synergy. For more information, be sure to watch for the launch event advertised in the Careers Newsletter.
  • Orientation
    An intensive orientation launches the career experience for our full-time students and provides a starting point for reflection of your career journey. During the week, you will interact with your cohort to learn more about yourself and your team. The community that is built endures well beyond the week into the school year and beyond.