Career Fundamentals for University Students

Career Fundamentals for University Students is a series of modules designed to equip undergraduate students with transferrable career development skills. These modules will increase students’ knowledge and provide them with tools related to securing opportunities in the labour market during University and after graduation.

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Identify and apply personality traits, skills, interests and values that are related to career decision-making.
  • Analyze labour market trends and factors that influence the job market in career decision- making processes.

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Articulate skills employers are looking for in their employees.
  • Understand the diversity of occupations available and how to research them.
  • Apply tools, databases, and search engines available to identify career opportunities.
  • Explain career opportunities available in the ‘hidden job market.’

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand factors that make cover letters and resumes effective.
  • Articulate previous skills, knowledge, and experiences in a resume and cover letter format.
  • Evaluate what employers are looking for in a resume and cover letter.
  • Identify supports available in a University setting to draft an effective cover letter and resume.

By the end of this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand what employers are looking for in an interview.
  • Evaluate different strategies for effective communication in an interview setting.
  • Identify and articulate previous skills, knowledge, and experiences in an interview setting.

About the Authors—Career Counselling Team

The Career Counselling team at Western University helps students explore their career options, make career decisions, link their academics to career paths, work through career-related stress and anxiety, support mental health issues which impact career development, overcome obstacles to employment, and more. They also offer services such as mock interviews, career assessments, resume and cover letter feedback, workshops on a range of career topics, and an annual Career Conference.

The content of these modules was developed by Jennifer Baytor, Monica Giorgini, and Meredith Edwards.