Career Development

Career Development Specialists are available to assist students with: 

  • Identifying strengths and values and navigating career decisions 
  • Improving your job search, resume, interviews, and online presence  
  • Gaining valuable advice about finding employment, job markets, and further education  
  • Meeting employers, industry experts, and alumni 

Need a resume review?  
Connect with a Career Peer Mentor.

Find availability and book your appointment:

Career Peer Mentors

If you are an undergraduate student, your first stop should be the Career Peer Mentors.

Available for drop-ins in UNC 207:

Mondays 10-12 and 3-4:30

Tuesdays 11:30-1:30 and 2:15-3:15

Wednesdays 10-12

Fridays 10-3:30

Career Development Specialist

Book an appointment with the Career Development Specialist.

Available for In-Person appointments 9 am to 12:30 pm Monday to Wednesday

Available for Virtual appointments 9 am to 12:30 pm Thursday and Friday

Career Development Appointments

Attend a Careers Workshop

Find upcoming workshops through the Events Calendar or the Student & Alumni Job Board

Resume Building

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.

Interview Skill Building

Practice answering interview questions with a friend, colleague or UBC staff member.

To schedule a mock interview, book an appointment.

Virtual Job Search Strategies

Join our Career Development Specialist to learn some tips, tricks and strategies for navigating your virtual job search.

Career Planning by Year Level – What to expect

Get a head start on your career plan by attending a workshop tailored to your year level.


Year 1

  • Career exploration and discussion around personal skills, values, and interests
  • Identify career options
  • Learn how to enhance your skillset
  • Discuss relevant academic programs
  • Reflection

Year 2

  • Career exploration and gaining relevant experience
  • Explore Co-op
  • Get curious by networking and speaking with professionals in your field of interest
  • Discuss how and what major to choose based on career research
  • Goal setting in order to meet career criteria (GPA, internships, directed studies, experience, pre-requisite courses, etc.)
  • Reflection

Year 3

  • Career exploration and gaining relevant experience
  • Continue to be curious by networking and speaking with professionals in your field of interest
  • Reflect on your experience/internship/co-op and continue or make adjustments to the plan
  • Explore further education options and application processes

Year 4+

  • Follow your career plan and reflect
  • Continue to build experience
  • Build relationships and identify opportunities

 

Build Meaningful Connections

Connection building

  • Finding you have some extra time to dedicate to networking? Join UBC on Hub of Ten Thousand Coffees to meet with alumni and other students.
    • Check out this article before logging in to get tips for a successful virtual coffee.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile and start connecting with UBC Alumni and professionals today!
    • Check our events page to find upcoming workshops, including our “Rock your LinkedIn Profile” workshops.

Find out who is hiring

Log in to the UBCO Student & Alumni Job Board

Personal and Professional Development

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.

Meet the team

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!

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Email: jana.petrone@ubc.ca

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.

Email: christine.squire@ubc.ca

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! 

Email: michele.gabourie@ubc.ca

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! 

Email: carly.cameron@ubc.ca

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.

Email: luke.penner@ubc.ca

Belinda is an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) specialist and qualitative researcher who leads with empathy and the approach that EDI is a daily act and not just a title.

Having worked closely with students at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) the last 7 years, she was most recently an instructor for a School of Nutrition course on social determinants of health. She also worked as a Writing Consultant and Workshop Facilitator with a focus on inclusive learning spaces.

Belinda is excited to join UBC Okanagan and apply an EDI lens when supporting students throughout the various stages of their career exploration and development. She looks forward to continuing to work with students from equity-deserving groups in ways that take into account the unique strengths and challenges of their lived experiences.

Email: belinda.ha@ubc.ca

Please note, Belinda is currently on leave. Please connect with Christine Squire, Manager of Career Development to discuss how we can best support you.