What I learned volunteering as a student career leader at the Laurier career centre

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For the past eight months, I have been volunteering at the Wilfrid Laurier University career centre as a student career leader.

A career centre is a great place to visit throughout your university or college career, and it was an especially great place for me to spend time in during my final year of university.

Here are some important things that I learned.

It’s never too early or too late to start building your experiences

Listing your reign as high school prom queen as an extra-curricular experience on your resume isn’t going to catch a recruiter’s attention.

While volunteering as a student career leader, I had the opportunity to critique students’ resumés. I saw some amazing experiences listed on resumés and some not-so-amazing experiences (yes, high school prom queen was one of them).

The best resumés were filled with work and volunteer experiences gained through opportunities available at university.  The worst lacked any meaningful experiences, whether they were volunteer or work related.

University or college is the best place to cultivate your interests and to find new ones.

Get involved anywhere you can in any way you can, and do it now!

Career consciousness

When I tell someone that I’m majoring in English, the typical response is, “So you are going to be a teacher?”  I’m not going to be a teacher and I cringe when I think about the limited career options some students think they have.

Being career conscious doesn’t mean you need to have your every career move planned out. It means you are aware of the career options available to you.

Turn your interest into a career

Amongst the resumé critiques I did as a student career leader, one student in particular stood out.  They were passionate about politics and their passion translated to their resumé. The student had sought out amazing experiences in order to foster their interests, in turn making an awesome resumé.  I could tell that they loved and were dedicated to their experiences, which is something you can’t fake in an interview.

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About the author

Nicole Wray is a Toronto, Canada-based online editor and freelance writer. She is a recent graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario.