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Career Direction and Job Searching

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How can the Career Development office help me find a job?

Career coaches are available by appointment to critique cover letters, resumés and offer suggestions for improvements. We work with Durham College students and graduates to assist them in finding full-time, part-time, summer, volunteer and contract positions.

The Career Development office  also provides our students and graduates:

  • Access to our exclusive online job board, through the DC Hired site
  • Career Resources in our Centre and on the DC Hired site
  • One-to-one appointments on job search strategies, cover letter and resume writing, portfolio development, and interviewing techniques
  • On-campus employer recruitment activities and events

Can I get help with writing a resumé and job searching?

Yes, career advisors are available by appointment to critique cover letters, resumés and offer suggestions for improvements.

 Career Services provides one-to one advising appointments in these areas:

  • Cover letter writing
  • Job Search strategies
  • Job Search using LinkedIn
  • Internship
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Mock Interviews
  • Portfolio development

How can I find an on-campus job while studying at Durham College?

Work Study refers to some on-campus jobs that are sponsored through Financial Aid and Awards.

Students interested in applying to Work Study jobs must complete the Student Financial Profile, found on MyCampus (under the student tab). Once approved for the program, start applying for the on-campus jobs listed under the Work Study Jobs tab of the Hired Portal.  Detailed information on this employment program can be found on the Hired portal or MyCampus. 

Please note: not all on-campus job opportunities require students to complete a student financial profile.  The Student Association, Aramark, Residence, and Athletics, Student Academic Learning Services and other college departments have hired students for part-time and summer work.

Check out on-campus and off-campus job leads online through the Hired portal. Log on using your MyCampus login information.

Where is the Career Development office located?

Oshawa campus

Student Services building, SSB 212
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
T: 905.721.3034

Whitby campus

Room 103A
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
T: 905.721.2000 ext. 4141

How do I book an appointment with a coach from Career Development?

  • Book an appointment through the DC Hired sitel. Log on using your MyCampus login information
  • Contact Career Services at 905.721.3034
  • Visit the Student Services building (Room SSB 212) at the Oshawa campus or Student Success Centre reception at the Whitby campus

What if I don't know what to do with my diploma once I graduate?

You can book an appointment with a career advisor to explore career options. The career advisor can help to assess a career situation, identify strengths and interests, and provide guidance in setting goals and plans. Career assessment tools are available at reasonable rates through Career Services.

For more information, please visit the Hired portal.

What if my career goals have changed and no longer match my program?

Career Advising can help students answer questions about their career options. This appointment may also provide insight into career exploration, salary expectations, and / or further education options. To help with decision-making, the advisor may introduce a free online interest assessment as well as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which assesses personality preferences.  A nominal fee is charged for the MBTI which will be discussed at your initial appointment.  Students can book their appointments on the Hired portal, by telephone or in-person.

How can I gain relevant work experience in my field while attending Durham College?

Students can gain related experience through the Internship program offered through Career Services.  Many programs also offer field placements as part of their work integrated learning experiences.

The exclusive online job board on the Hired portal lists volunteer, part-time and summer opportunities both on- and off-campus.

What’s the difference between Internship and Field Placement?

Internship is paid employment that enables students to gain long-term practical experience directly related to their programs of study. Internships are optional in most diploma programs and range in duration from four to 16 months.  Students may choose to participate in the internship program prior to their final semester of study. Once the internship is complete, the students return to school to fulfill their educational requirements.

Field placement provides students with direct and supervised hands-on experience within their field while continuing to engage in academic studies.  Field placements vary in duration depending on the academic requirements of the program.  For more information on field work required in your program, contact your School office. 

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