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Self-Aware & Life-Ready

Your Planning Checklist from Day 1 at TWU to your FUTURE VOCATION

This checklist isn’t about how to secure the best career or write a killer resume that gets attention – this checklist is about you working, reflecting and living to the fullest. John Mark Comer writes that preparing for your vocation is “about spiritual life invading ALL of life.” (Garden City, John Mark Comer, 2015, p.28)


Students share with us that the number one reason they attend university is to get a job. We believe that studying at Trinity Western University prepares you for far more than that.  From your hopes, to your studies, to your belief in yourself…These five tools position you with clarity on the journey to your career destination.

  1. Self-Awareness: Your deep and growing capacity to articulate what you have to offer, your gifts and skills – and to communicate with others what makes you, YOU!  

    Why Does this Matter?

    Vocation comes from the Latin word vocātiō.  Vocātiō is your calling and can also be translated as voice. Your voice is the centre of it all.  Understanding yourself is foundational to knowing your purpose and ultimately, thriving in the world of work.  Self-awareness enables you to connect your TWU experience to your “voice” and determine your purpose as a vocation.

    Where to Start:
    1. In FNDN101 you participate in the CliftonStrengths Online Assessment to discover your signature strengths. This tool helps you identify your own natural talents – the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that come naturally to you. Knowing your talents, you can build them into strengths to achieve academic, career, and personal success.
    2. TypeFocus offers online career assessments designed to help students explore their natural strengths and preferences. The access code is twu3300.
    Where to Linger:
    1. Book a time in the Learning Commons with our Career Counsellor. Choosing a career is a big decision. Our Career Counsellor is here to help by guiding you to learn more about yourself and your calling.

  2. Career-Awareness: You have the ability to identify opportunities and needs in the world around you that align with your skills, interests and core values.

    Why Does This Matter?

    There are so many careers available today, and in the future, that you may not even be aware of.  Having a clear understanding of your options is essential.

    Where to Start:
    1. Create a list of three career destinations to explore.  For ideas and more information use this resource: What Can I Do With This Major?
    2. Share your career interests with a network of “adult fans” – family, friends, and professors. They may be able to connect you with contacts and/or opportunities.
    Where to Linger:
    1. Take the PREP 100, Career Preparation Course.  You can find this course listed in the Academic Calendar, offered every Fall and Spring Semester.

  3. Creative Bridging: Develop plans and activities that link what you have to offer with what is needed. Take advantage of the holistic TWU experience to thrive and grow your life-readiness.

    Why Does this Matter?

    Employers are seeking candidates just like you – employees with skills and competencies that are developed and reinforced through your TWU degree experience.  A TWU degree pathway is full of experiential learning opportunities that bridge your studies to your future. 

    Where to Start:
    1. Book a time with your faculty advisor! Your advisor is here to do more than review your program checklist.  Ask your advisor: “What would you suggest I do to prepare for my future career?”
    2. Prepare for and attend the TWU Career and Graduate School Fair every year!
    Where to Linger:
    1. Explore and engage with Travel Studies at TWU
    2. Plan to study at the Laurentian Leadership Centre in Ottawa for a semester.
    3. Look for an on-campus employment opportunity.
    4. Grow your leadership competencies through a position as a Student Leader on campus.

  4. Document Your Impact: Demonstrate the effectiveness of your experiences.

    Why Does this Matter?

    Making and then sharing an ePortfolio with others is a way of telling your story – the story of your learning journey. There are other ways to document your story as well: LinkedIn, Twitter, your Resume, Curriculum Vitae, and your Career Connect profile. These all serve as a professional introduction for you to the world of work. A personal brand is the impression you give - in person, online, or on paper. A positive impression is often the difference-maker in getting hired and building a professional network.

    Where to Start:
    1. Create (or update) your resume, LinkedIn and Career Connect profiles and use best-practice tips and examples found here.
    2. Curate your ePortfolio to best represent you – your skills, values, strengths and dreams.
    Where to Linger:
    1. Refine your LinkedIn profile and add professional experiences that highlight your measurable impact on the organization after an experience.
    2. Use the “elevator pitch” worksheet from FNDN102 or work with a career coach to develop a 30 to 60-second snapshot of your interests and why you add professional value.

  5. Relationship Building: Building and sustaining successful relationships to share knowledge and information – one person at a time.

    Why it Matters

    Many students do not like the term “networking,” but, young professionals seeking opportunities need to learn, connect and have conversations with adult professionals and employers who can offer information, perspective, and advice about careers, helpful resources and experiences, internships and jobs.

    Where to Start:
    1. Build 5-10 connections on LinkedIn with alumni and professionals by sending well-written personal connection requests.
    Where to Linger:
    1. Be prepared with a solid answer to the question, “What do you want to do after Trinity Western University?”
    2. Use LinkedIn to identify and connect with interesting alumni in companies, job function, locations and other areas of interest.
    3. Sign up for a Mentoring program at TWU.  If you are in the School of Business, your mentorship program connects you to Business Alumni and supportive Trinity employers. If you are in other programs, the Learning Commons and the TWU Alumni Association partnered to create the Alumni Mentorship Program.
    4. Book an appointment with a Career Coach or Career Counsellor to practice interviewing with a professional.

PREPARE

Tools

Book an appointment with a Career Counsellor for further exploration

Events & Experiences

  • Career Fair
  • Travel Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Career Readiness

Employers are looking to hire university student and recent graduates who know how to use their talents, strengths and interests. These students are career ready.

How do you become career ready? Mastering these career readiness competencies will prepare you for a successful transition into the workplace.

CAREER READINESS COMPETENCIES

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  • Create and edit written reports
  • Adjust communications based on audience needs
  • Listen well and read body language
  • Articulate clearly and accurately when speaking and writing
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  • Effectively communicate to define common goals
  • Reach consensus on processes and solutions
  • Work together to identify and utilize the strengths of each member
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  • Manage projects from beginning to end
  • Define and clarify roles, objectives and processes
  • Coach others on performance improvement
  • Understand how to motivate others and delegate responsibilities
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  • Respect the viewpoints of those from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions and lifestyles to build collaborative relationships and communicate effectively
  • Ability to appreciate, value, and learn from other cultures and perspectives to move beyond tolerance
  • Understand one’s own biases and use that awareness to work to eliminate them
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  • Identify relevant information and analyze data
  • Restrain emotions during analysis
  • Collaborate to develop and test possible solutions
  • Adopt multiple perspectives and distinguish between fact and opinion
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  • Value continuous learning
  • Be responsive to a variety of training formats
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt to new and emerging technologies
  • Use technology ethically and efficiently to solve problems and accomplish goals
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  • Identify areas of professional growth
  • Navigate and explore job options
  • Take the necessary steps to pursue and advocate for opportunities in the workplace
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  • Demonstrate integrity, resilience, accountability and ethical behaviour
  • Take initiative, maintain effective work habits (prioritize, plan and manage work) to produce high-quality results and project a professional presence
  • Use social media responsibly