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The checklist guide below provides you with some things to think about as you to start to explore your options. 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 CityJohn Mark Comer, 2015, p.28)


Exploration - Becoming Self-Aware and Life-Ready

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.

Self-Awareness

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:
  • 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.
  • TypeFocus offers online career assessments designed to help students explore their natural strengths and preferences. To request your access code please contact Joelle.Turner@twu.ca
WHERE TO LINGER:
Career-Awareness

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:
  • Create a list of three career destinations to explore.  For ideas and more information use this resource: What Can I Do With This Major?
  • 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:
  • Consider the PREP 100 Career Preparation Course. Find out more about when this course will be run next by contacting our Career Counselor.
Creative Bridging

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:
  • 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?”
  • Prepare for and attend the TWU Career and Graduate School Fair every year!
WHERE TO LINGER:
Document Your Impact

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:
WHERE TO LINGER:
  • Refine your LinkedIn profile and add professional experiences that highlight your measurable impact on the organization after an experience.
  • 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.
Relationship Building

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:
  • Build 5-10 connections on LinkedIn with alumni and professionals by sending well-written personal connection requests.
WHERE TO LINGER:
  • Be prepared with a solid answer to the question, “What do you want to do after Trinity Western University?”
  • Use LinkedIn to identify and connect with interesting alumni in companies, job functions, locations, and other areas of interest.
  • 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 and 10,000 Coffees.
  • Book an appointment with our Career Counsellor to practice interviewing with a professional.