For Faculty Members
Welcome to Career Connections
Why do we need to do a better job connecting a student’s program of study with career opportunities?
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results indicate that almost 95 per cent of incoming students enroll at UNB Fredericton to improve their chances of finding a rewarding career. However, a retention survey conducted in 2007 indicated that a high percentage of successful students who left UNBF did so because we were not connecting their program of study with their career options and opportunities.
The students who did not return represented a loss of over $2.4 million in one-year tuition revenue alone. This revenue loss affects you. A decrease in operating revenue means less money for facilities and faculty, making it more difficult for you to do your job well.
We all can do something to help to keep our students — and increase revenues from which we all benefit. This site will show you how. It will connect you with resources to help you bring career connections into the curriculum, the classroom and into an advising setting.
- What additional tools and resources would you like to see on this site?
- Please email us your suggestions.
Refer a Student
The Student section of the Career Connections website provides information on all aspects of career planning and decision-making.
Career Services books appointments to work with students on a wide range of career issues including:
- Helping the student identify his or her interests, skills, and values, possibly with a referral to career testing.
- Helping the student explore possible careers related to his or her major or to the student's interests, skills, and values,
- Connecting students to learning programs and experiences designed to complement their academic major.
- Developing a career plan and the skills needed to move into the first job after university.
The Student Employment Service in Neville Homestead provides one-on-one help with
- Resume writing, cover letter writing, interviewing skills, and critiquing resumes and cover letters.
- Helping the student learn and conduct an effective job search including suggesting possible industries and employers related to their career goal.
- Finding part-time, full-time and summer jobs, as well as work-study programs on campus and volunteer opportunities.
The Career Resource Centre at Counselling Services in the CC Jones Student Services Centre carries a variety of books and resources on aligning academic and career interests and career decision-making.
The University of New Brunswick libraries have a collection of reference books on careers, employers, and career planning.
Request a Career Services Speaker
Career Services staff can speak to your class on a number of career-related topics. If you have to cancel a class or tutorial, email us to fill in with a presentation about our services, job-hunting tips, or any aspect of career development.
Request a Graduate Studies Speaker
Email us to schedule a speaker to talk to your students about the requirements and opportunities available at UNB.
Use UNB Alumni as a Resource
We work closely with the Associated Alumni to identify alumni who can act as mentors, help students develop networks, or simply talk to students about their university and career experiences. Please email us for more information.
Career/Employment Events for Students
The Student Employment Service offers career and job fairs, and employer information sessions.
Career Services offers career-related workshops and campus career presentations.
Please email us for information on integrating career-related topics into classroom curriculum.
Career Development in Classes/Tutorials
If you have 0–5 minutes:
- Talk about your own career path.
- Provide some tips on job searching based on your own personal experience or direct students to Job Search Strategies.
- Identify professional associations which can help build students’ network.
- Suggest a career relevant to an area of study/major.
- Promote Student Employment Service and Career Services for finding jobs and career information.
- Promote events each week such as Career Fairs, Employer Information Sessions and employment related Workshops.
If you have 5–10 minutes:
- Explain the benefits of transferable skills such as communication, writing and critical thinking.
- Highlight other courses students may be interested in that might be complimentary to the topics covered in the class.
If you have 15–20 minutes:
- Have students use some of the on-line assessments in Learning About Yourself.
- Review a section of the Career Connections website.
- Talk about ways to get involved in on-campus work and volunteer programs.