Resources for Career Development

Graduate students may have career-related concerns about making career decisions or looking for work within or outside academia after graduation. Graduate students are welcome to use all Career Centre services.

Call the Career Centre at 705-748-1011 ext 6012 to make appointments,  request a workshop or obtain further information.



Individual Appointments


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.

Critiques (30 Minute Appt.)

  • Bring yourCV, résumé or cover letter for a thorough critique. 

  • Get feedback on your LinkedIn profile -- Is it professional? Complete?

Career Counselling (45 Minute Appt.)

Why visit a career counsellor?

  • Trying to decide on a career path?   Career counselling can assist you with the career planning process.  You will have the chance to learn more about yourself and the opportunities available.  Take the time to explore your interests, skills, values and personality.  Check out the online resources before your appointment.

  • Need help with your work search? Career counselling can help you with planning an effective work search, learning the fine art of networking, and enhancing your interview skills.

  • Considering further education? Career Counselling can help you understand the different educational options available and assist you with the process for applying.



Career Centre Workshops - For Graduate Students


CV vs. Résumés

In Canada, the main difference between a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a résumé is that a CV is usually used when applying for academic positions (sometimes also for applying to professional and graduate programs).  This workshop reviews the content of both documents and covers the differences.  Depending on your situation, you might need both.We can also offer this workshop to any graduate student group of 4 or more who requests it.  Contact to determine a date and time that works best for the group.


Work Search Outside of Academia



Whether your are considering academia or not, looking at all of your options will be helpful in the process, Learn how to articulate your skills and experiences and develop an action plan that will help you achieve your goals. Go beyond traditional methods and include the hidden job market, networking, informational interviewing, and social media in your work search. We can offer this workshop to any graduate student group of 5 or more who requests it.  Contact to determine a date and time that works best for the group.


Skills Identification for Graduate Students

In this workshop, you will learn how to identify your skills and create effective skills statements.  These statements can be used in your work search to highlight your accomplishments on your résumé and incorporated into answers in job interviews. We can offer this workshop to any graduate student group of 5 or more who requests it.  Contact to determine a date and time that works best for the group.



General Career Centre Workshops

Career Planning

  • Explore Your Career Options

  • Personality Assessment - Link Your Personality to Your Career Options

Work Search

  • Résumés & Effective Letters

  • Work Search Strategies - Find a job!

  • Develop Your Network - Personal Contacts, Social Media, and Other Strategies

  • Interviewing for Success - Make a Great Impression

  • Linked In- Create Your Profile and Get Connected

For dates, details and to register.

Career workshops by request:  Graduate students can request any workshop for a group of 5 students or more. Please contact the Career Centre to schedule a workshop. Advance notice of one month is required. Example: Skills Identification for Graduate Students.


Online Resources


Career Assessments


Self-Directed - Free, informal, self-directed career assessments can be accessed by Trent students on-line. Some students may prefer to debrief results with a counsellor.

All assessment can be access

By Appointment
The following assessments are available for a cost recovery fee of $25, and results are obtained in a follow-up meeting with a counsellor.

  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • Myers Briggs Type Inventory  


Researching Career Options


Tip Sheets

"Your Graduate Degree and Beyond"
A tip sheet on academic and post-academic career options

What Can I do With My Degree?”
Discipline specific resources


Websites with Academic Career Information

University Affairs
Chronicle of Higher Education
Academica - provides learning modules on soft and hard skills as well as other career info for current graduate students in Ontario



Basalla, S. & Debelius M. (2007). So What Are You Going to Do with That? Finding Careers Outside Academia. Available as an e-book at Bata Library and for reference in the Career Centre. 

Solem M. (2009). Aspiring Academics : A Resource Book for Graduate Students and Early Career Faculty. Available at Bata Library

Vick, J. M. (2008). The Academic Job Search Handbook. Available at Bata Library and for reference in the Career Centre

Work Search


CV vs RésuméTip Sheet
This tip sheet provides insight into the differences between CVs and résumés.

General Work Search Websites:

Trent Job Board (see 'Quick Links)
This electronic board lists postings for on-campus and off-campus jobs.
A Canadian job search engine that includes a search capability by degree.
A Canadian career website focusing on career information, employment and internships for new graduates.
A Canadian web site for internships.

Websites for Graduate Students and Academic Work

CAUT - Canadian Association of University Teachers

Academic Work - The job search site of the Canadian Association of University Teachers

University Affairs - Canada’s magazine on higher education. Contains university job postings as well as articles on academic and non-academic careers.

H-Net Job Guide - Jobs in Humanities and Social Sciences

CAGS - Canadian Association of Graduate Studies

Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences - The voice for humanities and social science researchers in Canada

Edu Jobs Canada - Jobs in colleges, universities and research centres in Canada – The Mitacs- Accelerate InDev internship program connects graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with industry opportunities.

Government Recruitment Programs

The Federal Public Service Recruitment program is specifically for graduating students and takes place in September of your graduating year.

Recruitment of Policy Leaders is a federal government program specifically designed for candidates with a graduate degree

Ontario Internship Program accepts applications during January of your graduating year