There is no such thing as a straight career path…
Gina Spidle, M.Ed., CCC, RCT-C
Counsellor, Student Resource/Counselling Centre
Do you remember when you were little and got asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. Even at such a young age, we were encouraged to determine our career path. That’s crazy! Career paths aren’t a straight line – nor should they be! And it’s more than okay to begin university knowing you want a great career but not having any idea what that might be!
In the past, people typically chose a career, worked in that career for 35 years, then retired. Today’s reality is far different. You will likely have an average of 12 careers throughout your working life! Most of you won’t embark on your first career until you’re 25 years old and, at that point, 93% of you will have different career expectations than you did when you were 17!* This change in expectations isn’t because you are indecisive, it is because you have taken the opportunity to learn – and learning is an integral piece to your career path!
At 17, most of you think that career success is a straight path, and that if you stray from that path, you have somehow made a mistake, or done something wrong. As well, when you begin university, you may choose a degree program simply because your parents want you to, or because your friends choose it. If you love it, that’s great, but don’t suffer through four years of a degree that you dislike or to which you are not suited because you are afraid to stray from what you think should be a straight path.
As you learn, you realize that you are going to be making career choices constantly and none of them are ‘wrong’ – no career decision is fatal! As well, explore different degree options, try out a variety of courses, even switch programs. At Acadia, we strongly encourage that exploration and we make it easy to do that. About 30% of our students graduate in a program different than the one in which they started!
Now is the time to discover yourself, look outside the box, find your interests! Don't 'pigeon hole' yourself because you are afraid to make a ‘wrong’ choice!
So, if you find yourself feeling nervous about your future and undecided about what you want to do, you are not alone! Give yourself a pat on the back because you’re doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing, learning!
*Statistics Canada’s Youth in Transitions Survey
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Our friendly staff provide supports such as career advising, workshops, online job postings, as well as employer recruitment and networking events. Our services are also available to alumni. We're here to support you every step of the way.
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You want to make the most of any experience. We love that our students feel the same way.
The Co-Curricular Transcript is an official Acadia University document which details your activities outside the classroom.
3 reasons why you should create a Co-Curricular Transcript:
- to discover great ways to get involved in life at Acadia - ones that match your personal interests and desire to develop and grow as a person
- it will provide tangible evidence of your learning - outside the classroom - to show employers, grad schools, scholarship committees
- It helps you connect your personal growth to a career direction
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Career Extravaganza! has been postponed until a later date. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This career fair will host all potential employers seeking students for both on and off-campus jobs in full-time and part-time roles as well as graduate schools who would like to promote their programs.
If you are looking to connect Acadia students to a volunteer position with your organization,please visit www.theasu.ca for more information.
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NetTalks are open panel discussions held on campus and led by alumni to discuss their career path. These allow current students to engage in an informal networking session. If you are part of our alumni family and wish to participate in this discussion, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Career Extravaganzas will be held in Fall 2017 (POSTPONED) and January 2018. This event is open to all employers hiring students for summer/new grad/co-op positions as well as Graduate schools looking to promote their programs. Please email email@example.com for the registration form. Tables are limited so we encourage you to book early.
We invite you to book a room for interviews through our office. This can be done by emailing the Career Services team at firstname.lastname@example.org
All jobs on campus, off campus (part-time and full-time), paid internships, new graduate and summer opportunities can be found on Acadia Central.
If you are seeking a job at Acadia University and are not a student please visit http://hr.acadiau.ca - The positions posted on this site are for Acadia students only.
While Acadia University Career Services tries to ensure that job postings are accurate and legitimate, we cannot make any guarantee regarding the truthfulness, accuracy or reliability of postings. We therefore assume no responsibility for job postings submitted by employers. We are not affiliated with any company or organization, and in no way endorse them. Students are urged to carefully research the company, requesting references or other information upon applying for or accepting private off-campus employment.