What will you do with your life?
It's a big question, but it doesn’t need to be a scary one.
Career development is a life-long, perpetually unfolding process. You have lots of possible next steps, but by seeking out experiences you’ll start to figure out what excites you and what your next steps might be.
Sure, there are things you don’t control, like the labour market or the mood of the person who’s looking at your resume. But you do control where you focus your energy, how open you are to new opportunities, and who you meet. Try asking others about their career stories, they’ll help inspire you to create your own.
Building your career doesn’t end when you graduate either. The world will continue to change, and you’ll continue to adapt, evaluate, and respond.
So, make informed choices and make the things you choose to do meaningful. #makeitcount
Your major is important, but it doesn't define or predict your professional direction. You do. The experiences you have, the people you meet, and what you learn about yourself along the way all contribute to building your career.
Every time you put yourself out there to explore new things, whether on campus, in the community or internationally, you're building skills and understanding a bit more about who you are and how you fit into the world.
Make the most of UBC - get involved, access jobs and career-building resources. Take advantage of just some of the programs and resources at UBC, and you’d be surprised at how your networks will have grown and how much experience you can draw on when moving onto the next big thing in your life.
Get hands on experience and venture off campus to make connections. Here's your chance to learn and experience how complex socio-economic issues and policies play out in community settings. Get perspective on how you can impact community and how community impacts you.
It was exam season at the University of Waterloo, and Naheel was cramming for a first year engineering course, something he had never done in high school. He had spent the entire semester barely going to class, choosing instead to work on side projects in video production and 3D animation.
After months of job searching and a brief but ill-advised foray into a masters degree, she had lined up work. She was going to be an employee health officer at Victoria General Hospital - a job that was part administrator, part first aid officer. For a recent graduate with a soft degree (political science), living in a government town in a soft economy (the early 1980s), it seemed like a good start.
This was in the fall of 2012, and Jackie was deep into a job hunt. She had been filling out applications for several months, and things were not going as planned. She desperately wanted to land work at a creative firm in San Francisco, but a trip down to the bay area to hand out resumes and make cold calls failed to turn up anything.
More than a year after graduating with a degree in biology from St. Francis Xavier University, he was working as a naturalist on a cruise ship in the Arctic Ocean, driving a zodiac, carrying a rifle and keeping watch for polar bears. He was considering journalism school on the recommendation of a friend, but really he was just eager to begin some kind of career.