Universities have been striving to develop and host virtual interactive events for students to participate in during the pandemic closure of campuses. The University of Guelph-Humber and the Humber College Institute have been hosting virtual events and workshops for students to attend since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Students have been able to attend interactive workshops, webinars and tune into guest speaker events in a virtual environment. Although the university and college campus have re-opened with some capacity, student events are continuing to run virtually, and a handful are taking place in person.

The third annual virtual Career Month is taking place during the Fall 2021 semester for both the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College students. Humber College’s Advising and Career Centre delivers Career Month in partnership with campus partners twice a year, in November and March.

The Career Month will have interactive workshops, conversations and have guests speakers and exciting giveaways. The series of sessions will be aiming to prepare students for the workforce, adapting and navigating the job market in the new virtual and hybrid environment post-pandemic. The sessions will take place virtually on Microsoft Teams, between the dates of Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 until Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.

Christina Alcena is an interim associate director, who represents Humber College’s Advising and Career Services said, “all events for Career Month in November are online and we hope to deliver more in-person events next semester.”

Students who are looking to brush up their career development skills may find the series of events helpful. The virtual Career Month will be hosting series of events focused on supporting professional student development and will have the theme of Thriving Through Change. The workshops will focus on resume, cover letter, interviewing and networking skills to enhance career development.

“Our interactive workshops aim to support students for the world of work and to gain valuable advice with career preparation,” said Alcena.

Melissa Patrizi is a career coordinator, who represents the Career Services and Placement team said, “every session is an opportunity to improve your skillset, develop professionally and increase awareness about what might be a career opportunity.”

Mathusha Nakulesvaran who is working as a Career Support Peer at the University of Guelph-Humber said, “the Career Month sessions provide exposure and helpful tips to enhance students’ skills and the ability to implement them when they are needed.”

Nakulesvaran recently hosted a Graduate School Application workshop for students. “In this session students learned how to research graduate school programs and compare them with other institutions and learn how to effectively communicate,” said Nakulesvaran.

Students who want to strengthen their resume and cover letters may find the resume and cover letter workshops helpful. The resume and cover letter writing workshops will teach students how to create resume and cover letters that will stand out in a competitive market and help land an interview. Additionally, the session called Rapid Resume Reviews will offer students a chance to get expert advice from Career Development Professionals. Students will attend a one-on-one session with a coach who will review their resume.

Those who struggle with interviews may want to attend the Virtual Interview workshop to gain helpful strategies. The Virtual Interview workshop will help students navigate through the online interview process and teach effective methods on answering questions.

Students who are looking to improve their networking skills can attend the LinkedIn workshops. Students will learn the importance of developing networking skills and building connections. The workshop will also teach how to create effective LinkedIn profiles and use the platform for finding career opportunities.

The Career Month will host other sessions, including developing professional communication skills, career mapping and learning about apprenticeships to name a few.

Students who attend Career Month will receive the opportunity to be entered for prizes. “All students to attend Career Month and fill out our feedback form have an opportunity to win a weekly prize draw for a $25 e-gift card, as well as entered in to win a grand prize of $100 e-gift card,” said Christina Alcena.

The Career Month will be partnering with Guelph Humber’s Career and Placement Services department, IGNITE student services and Humber Community Employment Services. Other partners hosting activities include the Humber Alumni Services, Centre for Entrepreneurship, Indigenous Education and Engagement and Equity and Student Life. The Career Month will run all month long.