Experiential Education, in the Faculty of Social Sciences, is available to provide support to undergraduates in KTH 102, by phone 905 525 9140 ext. 26482 and/or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit the Experiential Education web site at experiential-ed.mcmaster.ca.
Student Success Centre, located in Gilmour Hall 110, provides a clearinghouse of career and employment information. Students can independently access their print and internet resources at studentsuccess.mcmaster.ca or drop by for staff assistance.
Field placements completed in association with theory courses provide a valuable link between classroom learning and hands-on experience. Generally offered in third or fourth year, placements in Health Studies tend to be research related.
Internships are a great way to get over the “no experience, no job” obstacle. You can arrange part time and summer placements to complement your academic studies.
Volunteering is a great way of getting direct, first-hand experience in your field. You get the benefit of developing solid skills to increase your employability when lookingfor work, plus the bonus of making an important contribution to your community! Take a look at Community Connections for information on how you can get involved and make a contribution to your community.
Networking for Information/Data Gathering
Career Links is a database that identifies over 350 individuals, who are employed in a variety of positions and settings, many of whom are McMaster alumni. They are making themselves available to talk, meet or have an email conversation with students who might be interested in pursuing a career in their field. Some are willing to let students spend a day job shadowing them. This experience can help students decide if the career and/or work environment that they are interested in is actually a good match with their skills, interests and personality and to get inside advice on how to prepare for specific careers after graduation.
Although students can access CAREER LINKS for general information (i.e. position and/or profession) via the Internet, students are required to come into the office (either KTH 102 or Gilmour Hall 110) to receive a brief orientation prior to receiving contact information (i.e. name and phone number).
If considering graduate school, it is often usful to seek out relevant academic and professional associations to learn which schools they think offer the best programs. You could also consider joining an association as a way to make contact with your future peers. Many offer special student membership rates...some are even free!
Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA): http://www.cpha.ca/english/index.htm
Canadians for Health Research: http://www.chrcrm.org/
Canadian Federation for the Humanities & Social Sciences (CFHSS): http://www.fedcan.ca/
Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA): http://www.cossa.org