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Career Advisor

Career Advisor

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
Career Services
5182 - Centre for Career Action
Job Status 
Temporary Appointment (Contract)
Hiring Range 
$53,120 - $66,400

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Term: 6 Months


Career Advisors provide career guidance and support to educate and motivate students (undergraduate, co-op and regular) to develop career goals and to take action to achieve those goals. Each advisor on the team has one or more areas of particular advising knowledge and skill (e.g., co-op process navigation), and in this role, works with undergraduate students and pre-first work term co-op students. This position reports to a Manager, Centre for Career Action.


Provide consistent and measurable career (and co-op) education/advisement for all students (co-op, regular) at all levels (undergraduate)

  • Conduct individual advisement sessions and possibly participate in facilitating regular and customized workshops
  • Provide assistance with any aspect of the career development process including: self-assessment, researching occupations, making career decisions, marketing themselves, and being successful on the job
  • Provide on-campus, face-to-face support to students who are having difficulty with co-op employment strategies or processes
  • Ensure advisement for pre-first work term co-op students

Provide support to Student Advisors across all teams

  • Provide assistance to students/Student Advisors on a case-by-case basis
  • Coach Student Advisors on career advising issues
  • Work with co-op students in need of more in depth career advice (referred by Student Advisor)
  • Advise unemployed co-op students individually and in groups (on campus or in field)

Engage in activities that support the Centre for Career Action as a leading edge centre of excellence and expertise in career development and advisement. These activities include:

  • Contribute to development of tools and training, and provide career advisement expertise for co-op students on work term and for co-op students still seeking employment late in term
  • Maintain awareness of career development issues by reviewing pertinent publications/resources, and seeking out professional development and networking opportunities 
  • Contribute to the development of online advisement materials and activities as required
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of other university and community resources

Support functional leads for a key program/service offered through the Centre for Career Action. Examples include:

  • Peer advising program including recruiting, training, evaluating and scheduling student peer advisors
  • Maintain, organize and share information about print and online resource collection
  • Promote Centre for Career Action to students using a variety of methods and media (e.g., student orientation programs, training dons/mentors/leaders, in-class promotions)



  • Undergraduate degree required or equivalent education and experience; additional training in career development strongly preferred 
  • Experience advising students on career and employment issues (3 years preferred)
  • Extensive individual advisement and group facilitation skills (in person and via technology)
  • Significant experience working with undergraduate students across a range of faculties, streams, and levels
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and written) skills
  • Experience working with international students would be an asset
  • Willingness and availability to work some evenings and weekends
  • Knowledge of co-operative education program/processes is preferred
  • Experience with MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook), strong PowerPoint skills, and office communication (Skype, email)