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Career and professional development

Learning and development don’t stop after graduation. Whether you’re looking to start your career or change it, our range of career and professional services help you face the future with confidence and purpose.

Alumni career and coaching services

Explore your next step with an expert who cares. To complement the world-class education you received through your uOttawa degree, the Alumni Association has partnered with the Career Development Centre to ensure you’re supported at every point in your career.  

For more about career counselling services and the options available to help you on your career path, email the Career Corner.

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Networking and mentoring program

Meet, give advice, and support the next generation of leaders. The University of Ottawa has partnered with Ten Thousand Coffees, a professional networking and mentoring platform, to create the uOttawa Hub and connect you with students and young alumni eager to learn from you.  

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Career fairs and workshops

Come out to one of our many career-focused events to network with other alumni and meet potential employers.  

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Mentorship program

Get paired with a professional mentor to exchange experiences and advice. Or offer to become a mentor yourself! 

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Psychometric testing

Design a customized career action plan based on Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test results. 

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Become a special student

Special students can enrol in undergraduate courses for credit without pursuing a degree, diploma or certificate. This opportunity is generally for courses at the undergraduate level, however a number of graduate courses are available for qualified students.

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Audit a course

Sitting in on a course is one of the best ways to satisfy a curiosity or scope a potential program of future study. Auditors don’t receive course credit and are not required to submit course assignments. Individual faculties and departments oversee the undergraduate and graduate level courses available for auditing.

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Join the Professional Development Institute

Looking to update or improve your skills? The University’s Professional Development Institute has you covered. Choose from a range of practical programs and courses developed specifically for working professionals. Grow your leadership abilities, refine your writing skills, develop your capacity to project manage, and so much more! 

Alumni get a special 20% rebate on courses offered by the Professional Development Institute. To learn more about this alumni discount and the opportunities available for continued study, contact the Institute at 613-562-5802 or email the Professional Development Institute.