Summer Career Camp

Choosing only one career for the rest of your life is not realistic. At Summer Career Camp, we teach you how to design a dynamic career that adapts as you change throughout life.

This program is designed for students in grades 10, 11, and 12 looking to jump-start their career. This includes students going into Grade 10 this fall and students who are taking a gap year or are upgrading post Grade 12.

Summer Career Camp 2020

Monday, July 6–10, 2020
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily
University of Alberta, North Campus, Students' Union Building

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What to Expect

  • Learn how to be an agent of your own career
  • Identify your skills, interests, values and other attributes
  • Practice exploring and researching your career options
  • Connect with professionals who will share their career stories and advice
  • Visit workplaces on and off the University of Alberta campus
  • Map out the next few steps you will take to move forward in your career

Cost and Credit

Fees are $300 + GST. No credits are being offered at the time.

Daily transportation costs to and from camp are the responsibility of each participant.

Edmonton Catholic School Board students
We’ve partnered with Edmonton Catholic School board to offer students reduced pricing at $50 + GST. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive 2 credits on their transcript.

6 ways to make the most of Summer Career Camp

In order to get the most out of this camp, expect to shift out of your comfort zone. You will be in a safe learning environment where you will be able to share your interests, career goals, and dreams. With our guidance and your determination, you can explore what it takes to become an agent of your own career. The mentors will help you practice self-reflection, gain awareness and see your career from new perspectives. To keep yourself upright, all you have to do is keep taking small steps.

  • 1. Learn how to be an agent of your own career.

    You can manage and design your own career.

    We are in an exciting and innovative career landscape. People are even inventing jobs for themselves. Choosing only one career for the rest of your life isn’t realistic anymore. Careers depend on context. Think of your career as a river. Your plan will change and shift like a river flows—and that is healthy. Having a dynamic career allows your destination to transform, shift, and mutate and for you to find it in a different, and possibly better form down the road.

    It’s a fact — life comes with interruptions and uncertainty. Rather than attempting to avoid or deflect these things, build resilience. It is wise to get comfortable with failure and change. Start to develop an appreciation for uncertainty so you can face those inevitable unplanned events and transform them into career-driving opportunities.

  • 2. Unpack your skills, interests, values, and other attributes.

    Education is only one of dozens of influences on your career. To become a well-rounded job candidate, learning how to merge you academic achievements, personal experiences, and professional goals is vital.

    Integrate reflection and awareness into your big life decisions. How well do you really know yourself, your skills, or your strengths? What is your definition of success?

    You already have many special, defining qualities. By giving yourself space and time to explore your qualities, you can filter out what you don’t like, identify what you do like, and let what you love rise to the surface. This is not about listing your interests, picking a cool one, and aimlessly plotting a course. Dig deeply, listen to your mentors. Knowing yourself and recognizing how you will keep evolving will point you in the direction of a job you love.

  • 3. Practice exploring and researching your career options.
    Have you ever Googled “doctor” before? Do you really know what they do? How does Internet research compare to other forms of career research? How do you determine which sources of information are credible? We will guide you through various methods of research to help you determine trusted sources of information and how you deepen your research by talking to professionals.
  • 4. Connect with professionals who will share their career stories and advice.

    Talking to someone who is working can give you relevant, first-hand career information.

    Ask the Career Camp Mentors as many questions as you can. All of the mentors have been where you are now. We have all kinds of tips and wisdom to help you get out of your own way, balance everyone’s opinions, and plan your next steps.

  • 5. Visit a variety of workplaces

    The U of A campus is a vast network of (mostly free) student services for personal and professional development.

    The U of A is not just a place to get an academic education. Using the supports and services on campus can speed up your growth as a well-rounded professional, enrich your university experience, and expand your skill-set for your resume.

  • 6. Map out the next few steps you will take to move your career forward.

    Careers are like maps…they’re created as the terrain is traveled.

    You can set a destination and plot your required steps, but at the start of your journey it is impossible to physically see your destination. Imagine standing in the Edmonton River Valley and trying to see Paris.

    Not knowing exactly what your destination looks like gives you space for reinvention. It leaves you open to transformation and the chance to stumble upon unexpected opportunities—magical places you won’t see if you are blindly headed towards a single destination. You will always get to a destination so pay attention to your journey. By the end of the week, you will create a map of three to five next steps to propel your career journey forward.