Career planning and resources | Mount Allison

A degree from Mount A opens up many doors, but choosing a career path is not a simple decision.

We provide group programs, individual career advising, and resources to help you find your way from your academic studies to a rewarding future.


Individual career advising

Career advising is available for students who would like to explore their career and professional options after graduation.

We can provide advising on:

  • graduate schools
  • entering the work force
  • professional certifications

We can also provide professional advice on:

  • your resume and cover letters
  • interviews
  • networking
  • academic CVs and other grad school application materials

We are happy to meet and help you chart a course to meet your career goals.

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Programs and Events

Mount Allison offers programs to help students prepare for the future and make important connections. 

Experiential Learning and Career Development Events

Keep up to date with all Experiential Learning and Career Development events, including professional development opportunities and workshops, Career Week, and Entrepreneurship Week.

Elevate Program

The Elevate Program is designed to help students be more prepared for the future through workshops, guest speakers, and one-on-one support to help you develop your career interests and skills.

Mount A Café

The Mount A Café online networking program matches experienced alumni with students, young alumni, and recent grads for career inspiring conversations in person and online.


Online career development resources

Career paths and interests
  • Explore various career paths through Career Cruising (username: mount / password: allison)
  • Assess your career interests via the O*Net Interest Profiler (based on the Holland Occupational Themes)
Resumes and academic CVs
Interviews

An interview is your chance to show an employer how you can make a difference to their organization

Prepare, prepare, prepare!

The single most important thing to do for an interview is prepare. There are lots of things to think about. Here are a few top tips:

  •  Research the organization and make sure you understand their products, clients, beliefs and mandate - and how you'll fit in with them  
  •  Dress appropriately. Hint: always dress one step better than the typical work environment for that industry. Business casual at the office? For an interview you should dress more formally with a suit, skirt, heels, etc.  
  •  Make sure you know where you're going! Have the address mapped out, know the office/room number, and plan to be there 10 minutes early. Plan for potential traffic disasters  
  •  Come prepared with questions for the interviewers. Ask them about the organization, upcoming projects, ask what THEY like about working for the company, engage the interviewers to make a great impression  
  •  Smile often and show your enthusiasm. It's perfectly normal to be nervous, but you can make up for the jitters by being personable  

Don't:

  •  Be late 
  •  Ask about compensation 
  •  Appear unprepared or answer questions negatively

Check out our video on Top Interview Skills for more tips

We regularly hold workshops on interview preparation, so watch for the next one!

Networking

Networking is a vital part of career path development

How can you be an effective "networker"?

Everyone you've met in your educational experiences, your past work experiences, and volunteering can be considered part of your network. These people are connected to others who expand your network even further. Students often forget to use their networks to their fullest potential

Use your network to access information

  • If you're in the job hunt, chat with family members, friends, co-workers about your intentions for the future
  • Keep communications open so that when opportunities arise, they'll think of you 

Use LinkedIn to create a professional profile and connect with people

  • LinkedIn can be a very powerful tool for the job search and for networking
  • Make sure you have a complete profile
  • Follow companies you're interested in and join groups in your field and participate in the discussion 
  • Check out our quick video on How to Make a LinkedIn Profile

Don't be afraid to reach out to professionals — also known as an "informational interview"

  • If you're interested in a specific field — like social work, dentistry, physiotherapy, medicine, law, etc — reach out to someone currently in that position
  • Informational interviews are also becoming more popular within certain industries. Try meeting with people in a company you're interested in to get more details on the organization and future opportunities with them

Be prepared with specific questions about the field     

Join professional associations & get involved!

  • Most cities have organizations for young professionals. Check them out, see when they meet and drop in to meet new people
  • Consider charities and volunteering — you'll be doing some important work in the community, and making connections at the same time  

10 tips for networking with confidence (from The Globe and Mail)

Job search tools

There are a lot of job search engines out there — we've tried to pull together some of the most productive options to help in your search.  

Need more help with your search? Get in touch with careers@mta.ca if you have any questions or specific requirements.

General job boards

  • Career Beacon — a great job board. Register and they will send updates matching your search criteria to your email
  • Charity Village — for people interested in working in the not-for-profit field across Canada. Also can be used as a networking tool
  • Glassdoor — an inside look at companies with employee reviews and rating. Also a job search engine
  • Monster — job posting site
  • Neuvoo — aggregating job board
  • Service Canada Job Bank — huge free job posting board
  • Workopolis — job posting board
  • Wow Jobs — aggregating job board

Government

  • Federal Public Service — if you are interested in working for the Government of Canada, summer jobs of full time, this is the place to start

Job boards for students and recent grads

  • Jobpostings — student/new grad based job board. Resources and articles and tips as well
  • Talent Egg — new grad/summer/internships are posted and updated regularly. They also have resources for field specific careers. Great new site for students
  • Experience MTA

New Brunswick/Nova Scotia

Your personality type and individual strengths

Discover your personality type:

Discover your individual strengths:

Plan an international experience

My World Abroad is a great starting place (create an account using your Mount A e-mail address)

Browse print resources: You'll find the latest issue of Jobpostings Magazine and Career Options Magazine in the Office of Experiential Learning & Career Development, along with books on career development.


Resources and support for graduating students

Following graduating, there are plenty of resources available to help you transition into life after Mount Allison, including those for career development, external funding and financial literacy. 

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