Kick-start Your Career at York University

By York University Modified on October 04, 2019

Develop professional skills and plan your career at York U!

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Students work together to start fantastic careers at York University.

York U students get a career-focused education in which they develop technical expertise and practical experience to prepare them for life after graduation. You can gain professional skills by utilizing the Career Centre, taking advantage of on-campus jobs, and exploring experiential education opportunities. Read on to learn more about York U's career development programs.

1. Career Centre

One of the best resources for professional development at YU is right on campus! The Career Centre is one of their most useful support services for students looking to develop their professional skills and prepare for their future by providing them with:

  • job search and skills workshops;
  • cover letter and resumé critiques;
  • practice interview sessions;
  • peer-to-peer support;
  • employer recruitment events and job fairs.

York U understands that students are busy with part-time work, personal commitments and day-to-day commutes, so they also offer online appointments with Career Counsellors. The best part is, there's no limit to how many appointments you can book!

What's more, the Career Centre hosts Career Fairs and employer recruitment events to help students meet employers and discover new organizations. They also host Employer Recruitment Sessions, Speed Hiring events and other networking events.

Looking to expand your network? York U students can participate in the Take A Student To Eat (TASTE) program to connect with alumni mentors. The Career Centre also hosts Career Conversation panels where students can explore a variety of careers within a specific field, connect with York U alumni, and get inside tips on securing employment in a specific industry from professionals who do the hiring.

2. Work / Study Roles on Campus

York students can launch their careers while they're still in school.

There are 1,900 student jobs available on campus at York U every year, so students can take advantage of York's Work / Study program in part-time roles working within administration and faculties, Research at York (RAY) positions to join faculty research projects, the Leadership, Engagement & Ambassadorship Program (LEAP) to work as an ambassador on campus or York's Internship program, which you'll learn more about below.

The Experience York portal makes it easy for YU students to apply for jobs and experiential learning opportunities, as well as register for programs and track their skills development so they can boost their C.V.

3. Internships, Co-ops and Experiential Education at York

Want to put your classroom knowledge to the test?

With experiential education opportunities, students can engage in guided practical experiences in the community, workplace or classroom. You can collaborate with community partners, contribute to meaningful work and gain hands-on experience that will prepare you for your future career. In many cases, work placements are paid, so they can help to offset the financial cost of university.

A group of co-op students and interns celebrate their Dev Degree with the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University.

One example is the Dev Degree with the Lassonde School of Engineering, in partnership with leading e-commerce platform Shopify, which embeds students directly into development teams at Shopify through a paid internship opportunity while they study. York U helps students prepare for their careers from day one — explore the Future Students website to learn more!