Future Students

Plan your career

There’s no doubt that investing in education can help your career prospects after graduation. But there’s more to a degree, diploma, or certificate than a piece of paper. At UFV, you can get a head start by testing out career options and working towards your career goals now, while you are studying.  

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Start planning to reach your career goals

You may know exactly what your dream job is. Or you may be unsure what is your best fit. Either way, WorkBC has an excellent resource that allows you to search hundreds of career profiles, and what education and experience is required to meet your goals.

UFV has over 100 programs to choose from to get you started.

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Ask for help

If you are not sure what program is best to reach your career goals, you may wish to visit with a UFV advisor. An advisor can give you free, one-on-one support to help you choose the right program.

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Get the skills employers want

According to a study from Workopolis, Canada’s largest online job site, the top skills employers across industries need in their new hires include communication, writing, organization, leadership, and problem-solving.

UFV’s hands-on learning environment equips you with these key life and work skills to prepare you to launch your career.

Look for courses that offer field trips, study tours, practicums, labs, industry projects, expert panels, and more to enhance your learning experience even further.

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Get work experience

Experience is king when hunting for your first job. Employers look for graduates equipped with skills from hands-on learning they can take to the workplace.

Here at UFV, many programs offer co-operative education. Co-operative education is an opportunity to get paid work experience related to your field of study. There are also many opportunities to work part-time on campus in a position related to your studies. You can get more information on paid student positions at our Career Centre.

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Become a research assistant

At UFV, you also have the opportunity to get involved in research. There are more than 105 courses that involve research and 170+ student research assistant positions open to UFV undergraduate students.

Not only can working in research early in your career help you acquire real-world skills, it can also enable you to make key professional contacts and create bonds with mentors who will support you on your career path.

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Volunteer

Volunteer experience is another way to get valuable skills and develop leadership capacity that you can take with you to work. UFV currently has over 500 opportunities for students to get involved on campus. 

And volunteering pays off: You can feature your experiences as a volunteer on your UFV Co-curricular Record an official document that outlines your out-of-classroom contributions — and a valuable addition to your official transcript.

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Look for your first job

UFV students and graduates benefit from the support of the UFV Career Centre, which offers free workshops, a yearly career fair, and one-on-one appointments. Whether you need help updating your résumé, want to practice your interview skills, or connect with potential employers, we’ve got you covered. 

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