Advising & Career Development
Advisors in the Student Service Centre support prospective students, current students, and alumni who are making education or career decisions. We approach advising from a developmental perspective, which means we want to support you in tying your academic, career, and personal goals together. We believe you are the best person to make a decision and create a plan for yourself, but that can be a challenging process so we are here to help you explore the information and options that will help you decide and plan well.
Student Service Specialists are your first point of contact in the Student Service Centre. They can answer most questions regarding the application process, as well as provide general information about programs, courses, and funding. They can also better prepare you for your advising session, so do not be afraid to ask them questions! Student Service Specialists will also help you get in touch with our Academic Advisors.
Academic and Career Advising Services
Come visit us in the Student Service Centre (CAT180), where we help you plan your next steps. We will usually focus on addressing one topic when you come in so you are able to plan out manageable next steps. Please note that job search related services are only available to current students and alumni. The services we offer include:
- Career Planning: If you are not sure what direction you are heading.
- Education Planning: If you do not know how to get where you want to be.
- Addressing Academic Concerns: If you are experiencing challenges that are effecting your educational experience, and you are not sure where to start.
- Job Search Strategy: If you are ready to start looking for work, but want to find ways to boost your approach.
- Resume Reviews or LinkedIn Critiques: If you want to get feedback or learn how to improve your job search tools.
- Mock Interviews: If you want to brush up on your interview communication skills and get some tips for enhancement.
- Rapid Resume or LinkedIn Reviews: If you only have 15 minutes and want some quick tips on how to improve your job search tools (offered as drop-ins on Tuesdays from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and Fridays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in the Student Service Centre on a first come, first served basis).
Job Postings are available for current students and alumni.
Prospective International Advising Sessions
Are you an international student planning out your pathway at NAIT? We have specially trained Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) who look forward to speaking with you. In addition to all of the services we provide to domestic students, international students are offered:
- Study Permit Application Planning: If you have not started your application for a study permit and are looking for guidance or information.
- Prepared Study Permit Application Review: If you are accepted, paid your NAIT tuition deposit, and have finished your application for a study permit, but wish to have someone look over it before you apply.
- Study Permit Refusal Review: If you are accepted, paid your NAIT tuition deposit, and you have had your study permit denied and wish to have someone review the denial and provide feedback for how to improve your study permit package when you re-apply.
- Bringing Family to Canada: If you are accepted, paid your NAIT tuition deposit, and you are exploring having your family member stay with you while you study.
- Open Studies Letter of Acceptance: If you are an International student planning to take open studies as part of your academic plan and need a letter of acceptance.
Pre-book your appointment or drop-in for limited same-day sessions. Same-day appointments are first come, first served and vary daily, but are not guaranteed. Please do not drive long-distances without pre-booking an appointment (or booking an alternative as noted below).
In order to see an Academic Advisor, you will need to have a NAIT student ID number—if you do not have one yet, you can create one by clicking “SIGN IN” at the top of the webpage and creating a new account. Appointments can be made in-person at the Student Service Centre (CAT180), by calling 780-471-6248, or via email at AskNAIT@nait.ca.
If you are not able to come in to an appointment, ask about Skype or phone appointments. Please note that Skype appointments are preferred. Follow-up sessions will be determined at the discretion of your Academic Advisor.
- For Resume Reviews or Mock Interviews, you must submit a: sample job posting, resume, and cover letter at the time of booking.
- For LinkedIn Critiques, you must submit a: sample job posting and a PDF or printout of your LinkedIn profile.
- For Prepared Study Permit Application Reviews, you must submit your: study permit application and date of entry document.
- For Study Permit Refusal Reviews, you must submit your: study permit application, refusal letter from the government, your own letter of explanation, and date of entry document.
Preparing for your session
Please remember to come prepared as our session time is generally limited. Recommendations of what to bring to your appointment include:
- Relevant educational documents, such as transcripts, certificates, mid-term grades, etc.
- Proof of English Language Proficiency (ELP), if applicable
- Study Permit, VISA, study permit application, refusal letter from the government and your own letter of explanation, date of entry document, etc. (International applicants)
- Career or program research that you have already compiled
- Prepared questions for your advisor
- A Pen and notepad for notes
Health Program Interview Workshops
Academic Advising and Career Development offers Health Program Interview Workshops to help applicants and prospective students of healthcare programs better understand and prepare for the interview process. (Click date to register)
If you are unable to attend one of the above workshops, please review the below three-part recording:
Part 1 – Prepare
Part 2 - Presentation
Part 3 – Practice
Please refer to the handouts to the right under, "Health Program Interview Resources".