Career Development

The UAlberta Career Fair

The University of Alberta has many different services to help you transition from your academic career into a rewarding professional career. Edmonton, and Canada as a whole, offer many employment opportunities in a great number of areas.

Career Centre

If you're looking for a job while you study, or after you graduate, the Career Centre should be one of your first stops. Whether you need help improving your resume, want to improve your interview skills, or find job opportunities, the staff at the centre can help. Job Shadow Week is run through the Career Centre every year during either the fall or winter reading week, these are good opportunities to learn about possible career options.

A very good resource for student jobs is the career board, which has many jobs posted for UAlberta students.

PhD Humanities and Social Sciences students see ImaginePhD a free online career exploration and planning tool. 

Experiential Learning

UAlberta students participating in a field school in South Africa

Co-op Programs

Co-op programs at the University of Alberta integrate academic and workplace learning. The most popular programs are in engineering and business, although other faculties also offer programs. Co-op learning can help you gain workplace skills, put your knowledge into practice, and give you a competitive edge when entering the workforce.

Co-op programs are run through specific faculties.

Work Experience Programs

Various faculties offer work experience programs for their students. These programs can give you an opportunity to learn about a specific career field, as well as to gain some valuable hands-on work experience.

To learn about a program such as Arts Work Experience you should speak with one of your faculty advisors.

Field Schools

Certain programs will have field school options or requirements, often in faculties such as Sciences or ALES (Agriculture, Life, and Environmental Sciences), but also in other programs, such as Anthropology and Archaeology. Field schools offer an interesting change of pace, and a chance to learn in a much more hands-on setting. Some programs have a mandatory field school component, while others are optional.

Field schools can either be near the UAlberta campus, in the province of Alberta, another area of Canada, or even overseas. To learn more about the field school options available in your program, you should speak with one of your faculty advisors.

International Work Experience

The Education Abroad Program offers the chance to participate in international internships around the world. These internships can be either paid or unpaid, and range in duration from around 4 weeks to over 6 months. Undertaking an international internships is a fantastic way to learn about another country and culture, as well as gain some work experience.

Learn more about Education Abroad.