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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where are the job postings?
  2. Can I access on-campus postings available at my school?
  3. I did a search in .... and there are no positions for .... Why is that?
  4. I have looked on the online Job Board and I still cannot find a job, what next?
  5. I'm an international student.  Where do I look for work?
  6. How do I work on my résumé or CV?
  7. Where/What is the Career Centre Library?
  8. Where can I go to school for "x"?
  9. I have no idea what I want to do when I am finished school!
  10. I want to Teach Abroad for a year, where can I go?
  11. What do Career Counsellors do?
  12. How can I make an appointment with the Career Centrer?
  13. When should I start looking for a job for after graduation?
  14. How do I convert my letter grade/average to a GPA (4.0)?
  15. How can the Career Centre help graduate students?

 


 

 

Where are the job postings?

Any postings (on and off campus) that come to the Career Centre are posted on the online Job Board

Can I access on-campus postings available at my school?

Yes, they are posted in the online Student Job Board which you access through myTrent.

I did a search in .... and there are no positions for .... Why is that?

Although we try to encourage employers posting at several institutions to target the different areas of study that may be used by various institutions (for example, ECE students may be included under Social Sciences OR Education), certain employers insist for a particular area of study. You may therefore look in other related field/area of study and thus broaden your search.

I have looked on the Job Board and I still cannot find a job, what next?

  1. Advertised job market: Check out our links for other job boards.
  2. Unadvertised job market: Go through company directories and personally approach the people you want to work with/for; it helps to put together a 1-2 minute 'spiel' on who you are, what you can do, and why they should hire you!, NETWORK!
  3. There is also a section in the Career Resource Library on work search strategies.
  4. Make sure you have an excellent résumé and cover letter (CV if necessary); there's detailed info in the Career Guide. Also, you can use the Résumés, Cover Letters and Interview section of the Career Resource Library for reference.
  5. The more people you talk to, whether it be friends and family or other employment/career centres, the more likely you are to gain employment.
  6. If you are still at a loss, book a career counselling appointment with the Career Centre to discuss your job search strategies.

I'm an international student.  Where do I look for work?

The Career Centre has a Tip sheet describing work search strategies for international students.  For immigration questions, visit the Trent International Program office.

How do I work on my résumé or CV?

Check out the Career Centre Tip sheets on résumés and CVs.  In the Look for Work section of our website, there are step-by-step instructions on creating a résumé, with two samples. The Career Resource Library has several books on résumés that contain samples.  Once you've created your résumé, book an appointment with the Career Centre for a résumé critique.

Where/What is the Career Resource Library?

The Career Resource Library is located in Champlain College on the second floor in room 204. It is a student space that is available to all Trent students.  No appointment necessary. There are books but also someone on hand to help you out. It is a reference library and you are welcome to visit for as long and as often as you would like.

Where can I go to school for "x"?

  1. First decide whether you would like to go to school nationally or internationally. 
  2. Once you have identified specific schools, check on-line resources: Canadian directories: www.schoolfinder.com, www.canlearn.ca ; US directory: www.petersons.com , International: www.gradschools.com

I have no idea what I want to do when I am finished school!

  1. If you have decided on a major, you can start in the What Can I Do With My Degree section of this website.
  2. If you do not have a major, you can start with the Self Assessment and Explore Options sections of the Career Guide.

I want to Teach Abroad for a year so where can I go?

Working in a foreign country is an excellent way to develop not only professional, but personal skills. Opportunities exist in various countries in a wide range of disciplines. Check out the Working Abroad section in our Links  that can get you started. 

What do Career Counsellors do?

Career Counsellors can help individual students regarding career issues and/or concerns.

How can I make an appointment with the Career Centre? 

Check out the Counselling and Appointments section of this website regarding the different ways registered Trent students can book an appointment.

 

Online Booking System

Peterborough students:
Sign in to the Student Experience Portal. 
Click on “Book Appointments” in the left menu to book your appointment with the Career Centre.

You can still call 705.748.1011 x6012 during office hours.

 

When should I start looking for a job for after graduation?

It is best to start looking for employment as soon as possible. It is often recommended that students who are graduating begin looking for full-time employment in September of their graduating year. A great deal of recruitment begins in September/October.

Job postings for full time, summer and part-time employment are continuous throughout the school year. Recruiting and information sessions hosted by various employers are also ongoing.

How do I convert my letter grade/average to a GPA (4.0)?

First off make sure that you have your most recent grades. These can be found either on myTrent or by calling the Registrar's Office and requesting your transcript. The next step is to refer to the approximate grade scale found in the Career Centre's Student Resource Binder. Remember this is only approximate. The conversion scale is different from school to school but this one will give you a good idea as to where you stand.

How can the Career Centre help graduate students?

All Career Centre services are available for graduate students.  This website also has a section for graduate students.

Visit us for a CV/Résumé critique, a career counselling appointment, or check out our Tip sheets specifically geared towards graduate students.