Acquire work experience
You’ll likely have questions about your professional life once you finish your studies, questions like, Will I find a job? Will I find work in my field? How can I find out what skills and experience I’ll need for my dream job? These are very normal things to wonder about. One of the best ways to find the answers to these questions and to discover your passion or simply find a job you like is to get varied work experience during university. We offer a variety of ways for you to get employment experience and provide other helpful resources and tools.
Find a job off campus
Look for a job off campus in either Ottawa or Gatineau. Here are some places to start:
- Apply for government jobs through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP).
- Use search engines such as Workopolis, Jobboom or Monster.
- Drop by stores, restaurants and other businesses close to the University in the Rideau Centre, the ByWard Market, the Sandy Hill neighbourhood, along Elgin and Bank streets, for example.
- Apply for the Senate Page Program.
Do volunteer work
Volunteering allows you to gain experience, which you can include in your resumé as well as meet other students, have fun and get involved in interesting short- or long-term activities and projects.
- Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement: The University’s MJCGCE provides volunteer opportunities close to home as well as in the four corners of the globe. And some of the positions can even count for credits through the Community Service Learning program.
- Office of Campus Sustainability: Are you interested in environmental issues? Do you want to be involved in activities that are a catalyst for positive change? If so, then get involved!
- SFUO volunteer opportunities: You can do volunteer work with the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa, with a student association or during a special or charitable event, to name but a few.
Study and work
The CO-OP Program allows you to apply concepts you’ve learned in class through paid placements, which alternate with study sessions. You can find out more about CO-OP and the admission criteria during one of the CO-OP information sessions held on campus.
Do work placements or become a teaching or research assistant
Placements: Some programs involve mandatory work placements or allow the possibility of doing one. If your program is one of these, use the opportunity to meet new people, explore possible career options and gain experience for your resumé.
Assistantships: In third and fourth year, you may find you’re interested in becoming a research or teaching assistant. There are some employment opportunities available for first-year students as well. To find out about any possibilities, simply check the website of your faculty or ask your professors about any assistantships available.
Prepare your resumé and take advantage of the career services available
Meet with a counsellor at the Career Development Centre. You can book an appointment to get help with your resumé or for career counselling. The Career Development Centre’s website also provides information on the different job fairs, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet potential employers.