Career Advisors are knowledgeable about the current labour market including information on wages, employment outlook, and the skills needed to be successful in the occupation or industry of your choice.
In-depth assistance is provided to students who want to clarify career direction or determine occupations of interest. In our meetings with students, motivators and future goals are discussed.
Students who are unsure of career interests, have the opportunity to complete an online assessment through Career Cruising. Learners answer questions about their likes and dislikes to discover careers that match their interests. These identified careers can then be researched and explored with a Career Advisor to determine attainability.
All English as a Second Language (ESL) learners meet with a career advisor to discuss past educational background, and work experience. Career Advisors will also initiate discussions around strengths, personal interests, and career aspirations. From these conversations, the learner and career advisor work together to develop a career plan. Plans incorporate English language levels and educational requirements. Learners can choose to attend further training after their completion of ESL or directly enter the workforce.
Career Services is the first stop for job search support. As a Columbia College graduate, you have access to career planning and job-search services for up to 1 year after graduation. Career Advisors follow up with graduates offering individualized supports to assist unemployed graduates secure meaningful employment.
Students may choose to attend Columbia College because of our connections with industry employers. These companies know the quality of our graduates, contact us and visit our campus to recruit.
Career Services is committed to making sure that learners and graduates have the skills and resources needed to conduct an effective job search. Career Advisors offer one-on-one, individualized career supports to meet individual job search needs. Career Advisors offer resume and cover letter critiques, perform mock interviews, teach effective networking, and can help learners and graduates develop a professional online LinkedIn profile.
Students and graduates have access to part-time and full-time job opportunities on the College’s Student/Employer job board and our Career Services Facebook Page. Employers can post jobs for FREE.
Students can also connect with Career Services through our LinkedIn page (Columbia College Career Services and Employment).
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will Career Services Help Me Find a Job?
Helping students find jobs is our goal. Career Advisors will provide students with resources and coaching that foster confidence, and build the necessary skills required to secure employment.
Can I Access Career Services Support After Graduation?
Yes, support is available to graduates up to 1 year post graduation.
I Urgently Need to Speak to an Advisor, Can I Just Come In?
Yes, if a career advisor is available, they will meet with you; otherwise you will be asked to schedule an appointment.
How Do I Make an Appointment with a Career Advisor?
You can schedule an appointment by dropping into the front office in building 802; by calling 403-235-9300; or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.