Career Exploration Interviews

Career Exploration Interviews (CEI) connect students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni (participants) with community-based professionals working in a variety of areas (hosts) to learn from their career stories. The University of Alberta Career Centre matches participants and hosts for a 1.5 - 4 hour virtual discussion focused on participant career questions and interests.

CEIs are voluntary (unpaid) and are not tied to an academic program. We cannot guarantee that every participant and host will be matched.

If you require accommodations, such as accessing the list of hosts, help reading the form, or completing the required questions, please contact careereducation@ualberta.ca.

Upcoming Career Exploration Interviews:

  • This program will be offered again in November 2021.
  • All CEIs will take place virtually via telephone or online platform.
  • The exact date and time of the CEI are based on the host's availability and preferences.

Information for Participants

Eligibility
Undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni are all encouraged to apply.
Time Commitment
  • The full program cycle from application through to conclusion of your CEI will take between 4 and 8 hours of your time.  
  • The application allows you to select your top 3 hosts.
  • Make sure you are available on the day(s) each host indicates. Work hours are typically between 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, however, some hosts may work shift work, evening hours, or may be working in other time zones which may shift your participation time.
  • Any contact that continues beyond formal CEI conversation is at the sole discretion of hosts and participants.
Cost
There is no fee for this program, however, participants are expected to cover their own incidental costs such as phone or internet access.
Program Outcomes

Through a Career Exploration Interview, participants will:

  • Learn about potential career options and ways to apply education, training and/or experience;
  • Test a career option before making a commitment to pursue it;
  • Clarify work-related preferences and interests (e.g., work environment, sector, tasks);
  • Develop knowledge of the industry, occupation or field as well as the specific vocabulary within that field;
  • Make useful connections with professionals;
  • Increase confidence in the work search process.
  • Gain exposure to the Canadian workplace.
Expectations

Before applying to the program, read the participant guidebook for ways to prepare a strong application.

After being accepted into the program, participants are expected to:

  • complete a mandatory training session online;
  • have access to a device they can participate in the CEI virtually;
  • contact your host by email prior to the CEI to arrange details for the discussion and activity.

Information for Hosts

Eligibility

Individuals working anywhere in the world are encouraged to sign up as a host. We cannot guarantee that every host will be matched.

Time Commitment
  • Registration takes about 20 minutes. 
  • You will spend 30 minutes to an hour planning your discussion and activity and preparing an itinerary for the interview.
  • The CEI itself will last between 1.5 and 4 hours
  • Any contact that continues beyond formal CEI conversation is at the sole discretion of hosts and participants.
Cost
There are no direct costs to hosts. Indirect costs include the time spent preparing for and conducting the CEI, and phone or internet access.
Program Outcomes

Being a Career Exploration Interview Host can be a rewarding experience as it allows you to:

  • Develop your personal leadership skills;
  • Contribute to the growth and development of your field;
  • Learn about what students, alumni, or postdoctoral fellows look for in their job and workplace
  • Provide variety in your workday;
  • Provide new professionals with the support you had (or wish you had) when you first started working.
Expectations

Our host guidebook outlines key responsibilities which include:

  • Participating in an interview with up to 4 participant(s);
  • Guiding meaningful discussions with the participants;
  • Going beyond discussions by introducing a simple activity focussed on developing skills related to your work;
  • Providing a safe, respectful learning environment; and
  • In addition to general discussion about your career, you’ll walk participants through a hands-on activity outlined on page 2 of the host guidebook.  The activity is meant to illustrate your work and help participants practice their skills and/or apply their knowledge. The activity is not to be used as a way to get participants to complete work for you. Contact the Career Centre at careereducation@ualberta.ca for ideas for activities.

If you are interested in registering as a host for future cycles, please email us to express your interest at careereducation@ualberta.ca