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Career Advisor (further education focus)

Career Advisor (further education focus)

Requisition ID 
Job Category  
Career Services
5182 - Centre for Career Action
Job Status 
Regular Full-Time
Hiring Range 
$53,120 - $78,721

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As key members of the Centre for Career Action team, Career Advisors work with undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni, or employees to guide them in identifying and working toward their career and employment goals. The advising focus for this Career Advisor position will be further education advising (graduate school, professional school, and college programs) with undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni.


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

  • Conduct individual advisement sessions and facilitating regular and customized workshops, planning and executing events, creating online and printed resources
  • 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 off)

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
  • Develop online advisement materials and activities
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of other university and community resources

Act as functional lead for a key program/service offered through the Centre for Career Action.
Examples include:

  • Oversee peer advising program including recruiting, training, evaluating and scheduling student peer advisors
  • Maintain, organize and share information about print and online resource collection
  • Promote the 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 or equivalent education and experience required; Master’s degree strongly preferred
  • Three years or more of experience in career advising/counselling
  • Extensive individual advisement and group facilitation skills (in person and via technology)
  • Knowledge of the planning and application process for college programs, graduate (masters and PhD) programs, and professional schools (medicine, law, business, pharmacy etc.) preferred
  • 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
  • Drive to motivate and educate students and bring a customer-service focus to the role
  • Strong problem-solving and ability to work in a team
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and other online based communications (e.g., email, Skype, LinkedIn)
  • Knowledge of co-operative education program/processes is an asset
  • Willingness and availability to work some evenings and weekends