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Bishop’s University Career and Transition Services (CATS) supports students with career development and job search strategies by offering professional and specialized services focusing on career and employment advising, as well as workshops, events, a comprehensive job posting service and extensive career resources.

When students arrive at BU, they should already be thinking about their departure! CATS supports and empowers students to explore possibilities, opportunities and critically engage with their future.

Our Services 

We are proud to operate within a curricular framework where we support learning outside the classroom in intentional and meaningful ways. Our Career Advisors have the training, language, and tools necessary to be co-creators of the Curricular Approach.

Career & Employment Advising Services
  • Explore career options relevant to student’s academic path
  • Clarify career identity and objectives through self-assessment and reflective exercises on personality, work interests, values, and skills
  • Identify with the student the assumptions and barriers that may influence their career decisions
  • Develop an attainable and realistic action plan to reach career or educational objectives
  • Understand graduate degree application requirements and processes
  • Assists with scholarship and special award applications
  • Refer students to appropriate on-campus and community support, as needed
  • Assistance with the creation and development of professional documents (cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn profile)
  • Support for students to navigate and understand online resources (i.e., job search sites, Canadian labour information, etc.)
  • Workshops and webinars related to Career Development
  • Career events (Grad School Day, Career Bootcamp, BU Works International, and Career Day)
  • Alumni mentorship programs (10k Coffees and JUMP)
  • Career/job resources, including Outcome Campus Connect
  • Networking opportunities

We encourage you to book an appointment here to meet with a Career & Employment Advisor. Appointments take place in Student Services, upstairs from Doolitte’s Co-op, or in MOU016, under the Purple Pod (you will be notified when you book your appointment).

Check out MyBU for a list of job search tools and check out Outcome Campus Connect for student job opportunities, on and off campus:

Events and Resources

Career Bootcamp
January 27th and 28th, 2023 in Centennial Lobby
$35 registration fee includes 2 lunches, snacks, and a networking cocktail!

Bishop’s Career Bootcamp is an intensive career preparation event designed to provide the skills and knowledge required to do an effective job search process. Participants will attend workshops on résumé building, job search strategies, effective networking techniques, business etiquette, interview preparation, as well as a mock interview session (interview practice with an alumni). Career Bootcamp also includes a networking event with alumni, which is a great opportunity for students to practice their networking skills and gain a realistic understanding of the workforce. 

Benefits of attending the Career Bootcamp: 

  • Improve your résumé and cover letter (gain valuable advice on ways to highlight your qualifications, skills and achievements to target specific jobs). 
  • Gain valuable information on interviews from a senior Human Resources Advisor.
  • Improve your interview skills and answers (learn how to answer difficult interview questions). 
  • Discover easy and effective tools and techniques to make yourself known by potential employers. 
  • Develop time-saving and effective job search and networking techniques. 
  • Network with alumni and employers who can give you great career and job search advice. 

I really loved Bootcamp, it helped me in many ways. From my resume to the interview and certainly, the cocktail etiquette, what a great idea. I keep telling everyone that it was really worth it and would definitely relive the experience! 

Registration is now closed

 

BU Works International
October 3rd to 6th, 2022 – Daily workshops
February 6th to 10th, 2023 – Daily workshops

Find out how to start your Canadian work experience and how to extend your professional possibilities beyond campus. Learn about the Canadian work culture and professional opportunities to enhance your resume. Get information from an Immigration Certified Consultant and some insights from international alumni. 

Register for BU Works International

Winter registration opens January 2023  

*For International Students: It is recommended to participate in BU Works International before Career Bootcamp. 

 

Career Day
February 9th, 2023 – 9:30 am to 4:30 pm in The Gait

Whether you are graduating this year or just starting your first semester at Bishop’s, now is the best time to start participating in exploring career options. Career Day is an opportunity to gather insight into the industry, learn about a company’s hiring practices, find out about their training programs, and impress them with your skills and abilities. Therefore, if you think you are ready to make an impression and are focused on learning more about your employment opportunities, Career Day is the place for you. Remember, it is never too early to start networking. 

*Students do not need to register*

Registration form for organizations and recruiters.

Online Payment Form

 

Grad School Day
November 16th, 2022 – 10:00 am to 4 pm in The Gait

Grad School Day is an event for students who are considering pursuing graduate studies and want to obtain information on the different graduate programs available to them. It’s a great opportunity to network with university representatives, gain valuable information on admission processes and requirements, or ask questions you may have regarding graduate studies.

For Employers

Post a job opportunity 

Job Board – Outcome Campus Connect 

Employers are welcome to submit their opening through Outcome Campus Connect. This is a free service. 

What is Outcome Campus Connect?
Partnering with the network enables you to post experiential learning, skill development, and job opportunities that reach student talent at the post-secondary institutions, and in the specific fields of study of your choice (with the click of a button). It is a streamlined and holistic way to easily build your early talent recruitment pipeline or hire with immediacy. Outcome Campus Connect puts the right opportunities, in front of the right students – every time. 

Although the platform can advertise opportunities throughout Canada, you will be able to select Bishop’s University to better target your demographic.

Outcome Campus Connect 

If it’s your first time using Outcome Campus Connect, check out these instructions.

Campus Connect sign-up Instructions

Host a recruitment or information session
We offer the possibility of doing an information session or recruitment booth to companies or universities that can’t attend our formal career events. To facilitate the planning and success of your info session, please take into consideration the following suggestions. 

  • Possible dates for your session (we will assess with you the best time based on the academic calendar) 
  • If you promote a specific position title with a description 
  • Name and bio of the speaker(s) 
  • Company logo 
  • We suggest that you contact us as early as possible to increase the success of your event, and if you have former Bishop’s students in your staff, to involve them in the event. 

Disclaimer: Bishop’s cannot ensure attendance; information sessions cannot be a mandatory activity. Our role is to promote through different channels and making sure the information is shared. 

Service fee non-profit: 75$ per visit
Service fee other: 100$ per visit 

Send your request to careerservices@ubishops.ca 

Contact Us

For more information about Career and Transition Services, contact us at: 

careerservices@ubishops.ca 
819-822-9695 

CATS 

Kim McFadden

kmcfadde@ubishops.ca / ext 2215 

Stephanie Forgues 

Student Services Coordinator  

sforgues@ubishops.ca / ext 2695

Theresa Gagnon 

Director of Student Services and Student Life  

tgagnon@ubishops.ca / ext 2615