Your Program Blueprint for Career Connection success

Learn about program requirements and how to gain relevant experience as you prepare to make a significant difference in the world. The Career Connections Program Blueprints provide suggestions for developing skills, knowledge, and experience in support of your personal interests and career goals. The Program Blueprints also help connect academic studies to future career pathways.

Please keep in mind that the Program Blueprints are an overview of opportunities, and do provide not comprehensive information. You should always consult with your academic advisor(s) when making academic choices. Also consult with our career experts to engage in career related exploration and planning.

Using the Program Blueprints

To give you the most help we can in choosing an academic program that meets your goals and interests, we have developed Program Blueprints for most of our degree programs on the Fredericton campus. Our Saint John campus Blueprints are in development - we can't wait to add them! Browse existing Blueprints using the list of Faculties in the left-side menu. 

The Program Blueprints can be used by

  • future students (high school, transfer, adult learners)
  • current students exploring educational and co-curricular opportunities for their degree, and
  • students thinking about switching programs.

The Program Blueprints can be used as a guide to co-curricular activities, volunteer experiences, experiential learning opportunities, and other engaging activities to help you gain the knowledge, skills, and experience to enhance your academic career and future employability.

Program Specs

Every academic program at UNB has certain degree requirements that must be fulfilled. You can learn about these requirements from your Faculty and by consulting with your academic advisor. Meet with your academic advisor(s) when exploring program options, changing courses, experiencing personal or academic difficulty, and when exploring career pathways.

Find your academic advisor(s) at go.unb.ca/advisors-fr (Fredericton-campus only).

Please note that not all advisors are comfortable or equipped to discuss career options, and may refer you to a Career or Employment Advisor.

Engage in your education and gain relevant experience

Gaining relevant career experience is an important aspect of university. Career-related skills and knowledge can be learned in the classroom and from course instructors--but this isn't always enough. In an increasingly complex world, students have increasingly complex expectations to gain more skills and experience. The best way to gain these is by engaging proactively in your education and UNB student experience.

What is "relevant experience"?

Relevant experience includes degree-specific expectations and requirements. It also includes transferable or soft skills. A transferable skill is one that can be used in multiple domains of study and work, such as people skills and critical thinking. Important skills to gain as a student that will support your future career path include

  • communication skills - reading, writing, conducting meetings, teamwork, presentations, interviews, email and social media, etc.
  • people skills - effective communication, teamwork and collaboration, leadership, empathy or emotional intelligence, etc.
  • personal skills - priority management, time management and scheduling, organization, motivation and focus, self-development, etc.
  • problem-solving skills - analytical/critical thinking, problem-solving/trouble-shooting, identifying new and creative solutions, etc.

Some relevant experience will vary across academic programs and career pathways. Some academic and career pathways will require some additional skills or knowledge as an integral component of study (e.g. Education, Engineering, Nursing, Psychology, Science disciplines requiring lab safety training, etc.).

How do you "engage in your education"?

You can engage in your education to gain this experience in many ways. Some examples include

Expand your horizons

In additional to growing your human capital (skills, knowledge, and experience), you should be growing your cultural capital. There are many opportunities to expand your cultural horizons, such as

Prepare for life after graduation

Preparing for life after graduation has become increasingly important for career success after academic studies. There are many ways to prepare for the one of the biggest steps in your life: starting your career. This sections includes some suggestions

The Career Development and Employment Centre (CDEC) offers a variety of resources that are available throughout your studies--because preparing for life after graduation isn't something you do only in your final term of your degree. Get engaged in your education to get started preparing early!

Opportunities include