Career Month

  • Nov. 01, 2021 – Nov. 30, 2021
  • 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
  • Virtual Event

Your career starts now

When you hear “career development,” what comes to mind?

Often, individuals think that career development is only for professionals established in their careers, but career development is lifelong.

Career development is about navigating your personal and professional journey through learning and work and making it meaningful to you. Even before you were a student at NAIT, you were engaging in career development activities when you explored program options and contemplated which aligned best with your interests and goals. At NAIT, you’re developing your technical skills through course and project work, along with valuable soft skills to support you in your future career – that is career development as well. This year especially, you’re practicing resiliency and adaptability – two soft skills that are very valuable in the workplace. When you leave NAIT, your career development will continue in every job you hold as you continue to grow and develop professionally.

Join us in November as we partner with industry professionals to celebrate Canada Career Month and bring you sessions to fuel your next career development steps. We will see you there (virtually of course)! 

If you have questions about Career Month or require accommodations, please email sfad@nait.ca.


Events


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Career Development: What is it and why does it matter?

Monday, November 1 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Regardless of what semester you’re in, this is a session you’ll want to attend as career development is ongoing and your future career starts now! During this session we’ll discuss:

  • What career development is.
  • Why it’s important.
  • How it can help you set yourself apart in a competitive market.
  • How it can impact your long-term career success.

Register here


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Job Talk: Resume Writing – Accomplishment Statements and Power Words 

Tuesday, November 2 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 3 I 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Do you struggle to communicate your experiences on your resume in a meaningful way? Attend this week’s Job Talk to learn how accomplishment statements and power words can be used to strengthen your future resumes!

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Networking 101

Tuesday, November 2 I 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What you know matters, but who knows what you know is just as important! During this session we’ll discuss:

  • What networking is
  • Why it’s valuable for your career development and job search
  • How you can effectively network even amidst the pandemic

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Networking

Networking in Canada

Wednesday, November 3 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:30

For many, networking can be overwhelming, especially if you have grown up in a culture where the norms of networking are different, or uncommon. During this session we’ll discuss:

  • Cultural implications of networking
  • Why networking is important in Canada
  • Best practices for networking
  • Strategies for incorporating networking into your job search and career development journey

Register here


Health care worker in scrubs

Resiliency for SHLS Professionals: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 3 I 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Join us for this panel discussion with our industry guests as they share how the pandemic impacted their work; they’ll share the challenges they experienced, how they managed those challenges, and some advice for our SHLS student attendees around building their own resiliency.

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LinkedIn 101: from a Recruiter’s Perspective

Thursday, November 4 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

LinkedIn is an important tool for your career; it can be used for job search, networking, career exploration, personal branding, and more. During this session, Sabrina Reid, Lead Recruiter at Cormack Recruitment, will be sharing:

  • Why LinkedIn is important
  • How she uses it as a recruiter
  • Tips for making your LinkedIn profile stand out

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“Tell me about yourself…”

Friday, November 5 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

If you usually break out into a sweat when you're asked to tell someone about yourself, then this session is for you! We'll share tips for answering this question so you can feel more confident answering it at your next networking event or job interview.

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Who am I written on post-it note

Who are you and why might it matter for your career?

Monday, November 8 I 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Knowing your personality type, as measured through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) instrument, can help you with career planning at every stage: fromchoosing your first career, to advancing within your organization, or to changing careers later in your life. The insight you gain from MBTI assessment can:

  • Help you learn about your strongest skills and preferred work environment
  • Provide you with a helpful framework for thinking about yourself and where you fit in the world of work
  • Help you make decisions about future employment and career opportunities

Please note: MBTI participants must complete the assessment prior to attending the workshop.

Register here


Collaboration block

Be great when you collaborate!

Monday, November 8 I 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Did you know that collaboration, teamwork, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills are amongst the top skills employers look for when hiring for entry-level positions? During this session, we’ll:

  • Share tips for “being great when you collaborate.”
  • Offer advice on “putting your best foot forward” when working with others.
  • Provide tips for developing meaningful relationships to help with your future career.
  • Share advice on how you can include your collaboration experiences on your resume.

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Job Talk: LinkedIn Work Block

Tuesday, November 9 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 10 I 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

LinkedIn is a great platform for connecting with others, but before you hit that "connect" button you'll want to ensure your profile is complete so you can make a positive impression! During this session, we’ll:

  • Discuss our experiences with LinkedIn.
  • Share tips and tricks for using LinkedIn.
  • Work through exercises to get you started with your headline, about us, and experience sections.

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Anchoring yourself during times of change

Wednesday, November 10 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

We’ve experienced a lot of uncertainty over the last year and a half, but change will be a constant in your life – especially as you progress through your career. Knowing how to navigate change and uncertainty effectively is essential for your future career success. You can't stop change from occurring, but you can control how you respond to it. During this session, we’ll discuss:

  • Helpful tips and strategies to manage change and "roll with" uncertainty.
  • The importance of self-awareness and understanding your values.
  • The value of having a strong support system.
  • The benefit of establishing routines.

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Dream job written on cork board

Career Connect Info Session

Monday, November 15 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Career Connect is often referred to as NAIT’s online job board, but it’s also where you can go to learn about upcoming career-related events and where you can access helpful job search resources. Attend this session to learn more about setting up your profile and to learn how you can leverage Career Connect for job search and career success!

Register here


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NAIT Hub Info Session

Monday, November 15 I 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Who you know matters especially in a competitive job market, and NAIT Hub is here to support you with building your professional network. Attend this session to learn more about this platform and how it can support you with your future career.

Register here


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Job Talk: Interview Q&A

Tuesday, November 16 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 17 I 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Job interviews can be stressful, but preparation can help! Drop by this week’s Job Talk for a chance to share your interview experiences and to ask your most pressing interview questions.

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Rapid Resume Reviews

Tuesday, November 16 I 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 17 I 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Often a resume is the first impression a potential employer has of you, so it’s safe to say this is an essential job search tool. Given how important your resume is, we encourage you to take advantage of these drop-in rapid resume reviews with our industry guests!

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Health care worker holding burnout sign

Understanding Stress and Burnout & Building Resiliency in the Healthcare Profession

Tuesday, November 16 I 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Attend this session to explore the concepts of stress and burnout, identify the signs and symptoms of burnout, and explore healthy coping strategies to help build resiliency in the healthcare profession. 

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Creating and Living Your Personal Philosophy

Wednesday, November 17 I 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Join us for this session with Kati Quigley, Senior Director of Global Industry Marketing at Microsoft.

Developing a personal philosophy will allow you to reflect on what’s important to you and how you want to show up in the world. This insight will allow you to clearly articulate who you are and what unique value you bring, which will help you in your career when it comes to networking, job applications, job interviews, and more.

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion & Your Career

Thursday, November 18 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Many organizations talk about their commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), but what does this really mean? During this panel discussion, our panelists will share what their organizations are doing to ensure inclusivity, how they personally cultivate community in their workplace, and advice they have for being brave, speaking up, and challenging ideas.

Bonus: It may also help you with future job interviews! An increasing number of organizations are asking candidates to share what EDI means to them as part of the interview process and attending this session will help you reflect on what it means to you and how you can contribute and be a champion for EDI at an individual level.

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Learn to Love Networking: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, November 18 I 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Some studies show that up to 85% of jobs are found through networking, so it’s safe to say that who you know matters! During this session, our panelists will share more about their own networking experiences, and they’ll also provide helpful tips and advice that you can apply in your own networking journey!

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Leadership 101

Monday, November 22 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

What does it really mean to be a leader? How can you enhance your leadership skills and be a leader, regardless of your role? During this session, Andy will not only provide you with simple strategies to grow in your leadership potential, but he’ll also inspire you to show up as a leader—no matter your job title! 

Note: Andy is a two-time NAIT alumni, graduating from both our Instrumentation Engineering Technology diploma in 2012 and our Bachelor of Technology degree in 2016!

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Mock Interviews

Tuesday, November 23 I 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 24 I 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is a valuable opportunity for you to meet with potential future employers and to improve your interview skills! By signing up for a 30-minute one-on-one session, you’ll have an opportunity to meet with an industry HR professional, answer a few interview questions, and receive feedback on your responses.

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Resilience spelt out with blocks

Job Talk: Recognizing Your Resiliency

Tuesday, November 23 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 24 I 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

One of the top skills that employers look for in entry-level hires is resiliency. During this session we’ll:

  • Discuss what it means to be resilient
  • Share why resiliency is important for your future career success
  • Reflect on how you’ve demonstrated resiliency in the past

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Setting yourself up for career success while a student

Wednesday, November 24 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us for this session where Claire Seo, a NAIT alumni and Technical Training Manager of Learning and Development at EPCOR, will:

  • Share her career journey
  • Offer advice on what you can do while a student to prepare for your future career
  • Share how she got involved at NAIT

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Who am I written on post-it note

Who are you and why might it matter for your career?

Wednesday, November 24 I 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Knowing your personality type, as measured through the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) instrument, can help you with career planning at every stage: from choosing your first career, to advancing within your organization, or to changing careers later in your life. The insight you gain from the MBTI assessment can:

  • Help you learn about your strongest skills and preferred work environment
  • Provide you with a helpful framework for thinking about yourself and where you fit in the world of work
  • Help you make decisions about future employment and career opportunities

Please note: MBTI participants must complete the assessment prior to attending the workshop.

Register here


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Mentorship 101

Thursday, November 25 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Having a mentor can be valuable no matter where you’re at in your career journey. During this session, our panelists will share:

  • Their own personal experiences with mentorship.
  • How they sought out their mentors.
  • How their mentoring relationships have evolved over time.
  • The key benefits they’ve experienced through mentorship.

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Interview

A Deep Dive into Informational Interviews

Thursday, November 25 I 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Informational interviews are one of the best ways to explore career options, network, and develop meaningful connections. Attend this session to learn more about what informational interviews are and how they can be of value for your job search and career development.

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Career Vision Board

Friday, November 26 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Having a strong career vision can keep you motivated, and it can help you prioritize career development opportunities that align with your overall vision. During this session, we’ll encourage you to reflect on:

  • What you want to be known for?
  • What type of work you want to do?
  • What impact you want to make?
  • What kind of colleague and employee you want to be?
  • What type of company you want to work for?

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NAIT Hub Info Session

Monday, November 29 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Who you know matters especially in a competitive job market, and NAIT Hub is here to support you with building your professional network. Attend this session to learn more about this platform and how it can support you with your future career.

Register here


Dream job written on cork board

Career Connect Info Session

Monday, November 29 I 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Career Connect is often referred to as NAIT’s online job board, but it’s also where you can go to learn about upcoming career-related events and where you can access helpful job search resources. Attend this session to learn more about setting up your profile and to learn how you can leverage Career Connect for job search and career success!

Register here


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Job Talk: Your career development action plan

Tuesday, November 30 I 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 1 I 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you attended any of the Career Month sessions this November, you’re likely full of information and may be excited and buzzing with ideas, or completely overwhelmed and unsure where to go from here. Regardless of how you’re feeling, we encourage you to attend this week’s Job Talk so you’re able to brainstorm ways to invest in your career development in the coming months.

We'll be going through some guided exercises to help you create a career development action plan for yourself and you'll walk away from the session having some clear career development priorities identified so that you can make the most of the coming months!

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