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Career Development Specialists are available to assist students with:
Need a resume review?
Connect with a Career Peer Mentor.
If you are an undergraduate student, your first stop should be the Career Peer Mentors.
Available for drop-ins in UNC 207:
Mondays 10 am to 3pm
Tuesdays 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Wednesdays 9am to 1:30pm
Thursday 3pm to 4:30 pm
Book an appointment with the Career Development Specialist.
Monday 9:00am – 12:00pm & 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 12:00pm & 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:00 – 12:00pm & 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Thursday 12:30pm – 4:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 12:30pm
Make sure your resume is competitive and up to date. Meet with a Career Development Specialist for some tips to build or update your resume.
Practice answering interview questions with a friend, colleague or UBC staff member.
To schedule a mock interview, book an appointment.
Join our Career Development Specialist to learn some tips, tricks and strategies for navigating your virtual job search.
Get a head start on your career plan by attending a workshop tailored to your year level.
Continue to improve personally and professionally by attending Webinars and events hosted by employers. Find UBC events on the UBC Okanagan Events Calendar or Industry events on the Student and Alumni Job Board. LinkedIn is also a great platform for finding events that may interest you.
As a proud alumnus of UBC’s Okanagan campus with a BA in International Relations, I went on to complete a Master’s Degree at Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom and spent over a decade traveling and working in the UK, Cote D’Ivoire, Vietnam, and Toronto. I was excited to return to UBC Okanagan to help support students explore their career and life pathways during university and beyond.
Our newly merged Academic and Career Development Team is here to support you during all the stages of your university journey. Our team is passionate about exploring the intersectionality of career development as it relates to the individual. No one journey is alike and all are worth exploring. So connect with the team and begin to explore and discover how to align your academic goals with your career and life goals. We look forward to meeting you in year 1 and every year that you continue to be a part of the UBC community!
Christine started life on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe Mississauga, in the territory covered by the Williams Treaty in southern Ontario. Growing up in such a beautiful place was instrumental in encouraging Christine to explore this wonderful country and its lands.
Like all great adventures, her journey has been a twisty one starting with a degree in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University in lovely Halifax Nova Scotia. After realizing that being a Marine Biologist is not like “on TV” she decided after much reflection, and many on campus jobs, to move into Student Services at Dalhousie. Residence Life and Advising were her chosen paths but then when it was time for a change she decided to create her own job and became the only student recruiter for Dalhousie that lived away from campus, specifically in Vancouver.
She joined UBCO as an Academic Advisor in 2013 and fell in love with the people and land. Being a guest on the traditional and unceded lands of the Syilx Okanagan nation means she has undertaken the responsibility to learn from elders and respect her place here, while guiding students on their personal journeys of success. Looking back you can find many moments of career development practice in her journey so it is no wonder she wound up here on the Career Development team.
As the Manager of Career Development it is Christine’s job to work with on and off campus partners to bring transformational career experiences to our students and community partners. Please connect with Christine if you are interested in learning more about how the Career Development Team supports these groups.
Michele was born and raised in southern Ontario, on the traditional lands of the Mississauga, Anishinabek and Haudenosaunee peoples. Michele travelled to Kelowna BC to pursue a degree in Biology at UBC Okanagan, where she fell in love with the land and ultimately decided to stay. Michele now lives and works on the beautiful traditional and unceded land of the Syilx Okanagan people.
As a student, Michele was involved with many on-campus opportunities, including volunteering, jobs, and clubs. These Experiential Learning opportunities sparked her passion for learning outside of the classroom and now works to support current students in their career exploration journey through the Work Study program and undergraduate research opportunities. Participating in hands-on experiences and reflecting on those experiences can open your mind up to pathways you hadn’t considered before!
In her free time, you can find Michele snowboarding at Big White, baking something from the Great British Bake Off, or searching for turtles with her Frenchie, Eggs Benedict (Benny for short). If you have questions about on-campus employment opportunities, Work Integrated Learning, or you’re even just looking for a coffee shop recommendation, reach out to Michele!
Carly came to Kelowna in November of 2020 (mid-Pandemic move) from Waterloo, Ontario, situated on the land traditionally cared for by the Haudenosaunee, Anishnaabe and Neutral Peoples. Carly joined the Academic & Career Development team in August of 2021 in a new role as the Industry and Employer Engagement Specialist.
Carly holds a Masters of Economic Development & Innovation from the University of Waterloo, with a special topic on connecting innovation to industry. Carly has been working in post-secondary institutions for the past 5 years in experiential learning, entrepreneurship, and employer relations.
Carly is passionate about bridging the gap and building relationships between external industries and employers with the University of British Columbia Okanagan. There are so many talented and hard-working students that deserve to be recruited at an early stage and Carly is excited to support the networking, and connections between employers and students.
Outside of work, Carly spends time being part of the Okanagan Young Professionals Committee, or at numerous intramural sports (right now you can find her at the baseball diamonds and lawn bowling downtown), and spending time exploring new hikes with her golden retriever, Tilly. Carly truly lives for the four-season Kelowna weather!
Contact Luke for any support in building your career, from resume building, interview preparation, and ideas for the next steps in your life story. Sometimes all it takes is a conversation and great ideas and pathways present themselves to you.
Hey! My name is Azaria Richards, and I am a fourth-year Biology major from Fort St. John, BC. I’ve been a career peer mentor for the past 3 years, and I love being able to help students refine their resumes, cover letters, and interview skills! In addition to peer mentoring, I am the president of the UBCO Yoga Club, VP External of the Microbiology Course Union, and a member of the Society of Scholars Advisory Committee. When I’m not studying during the school year, I love to draw, do yoga, and go hiking. I also love to travel, and will hopefully be able to explore the world again soon!
Hi! My name is Olivia and I am a fourth year Psychology student from Kelowna. At this point in my academic career, my professional experience has focused on behavioural research and quality improvement. I am the current president of the Psychology Course Union and of my sorority Kappa Beta Gamma at UBCO. I am a passionate advocate for women’s rights making it no surprise that I aspire for a career in women’s healthcare. As a Career Peer Mentor, I am looking forward to sharing my experience in networking and CV building to help you meet your academic and career goals.
Hello! My name is Bernadette. I am a third-year Economics student from Kenya, aspiring to work in the field of Financial Economics. On campus I enjoy being a member of Enactus UBCO, Project Bond, and the Piano Club. You can also find me playing the flute, attending UCM meetings, or discussing Formula 1. As your Career Peer Mentor, I will support you by providing career-related information and guidance as you build connections within the UBCO network and beyond. I look forward to helping you create a professional foundation and find the right career and workplace!
UBC’s Okanagan campus is situated on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation