Cancelling a class may be unavoidable for a variety of reasons. If you know you’re going to be away for one of your classes and can’t find another faculty member to fill in, the “Don’t Cancel That Class” program provides you with another option.

Instead of cancelling your class, we can deliver a career-related workshop for your students. You can choose from our list of career-related workshops or request for something more customized for your students.

To view examples of the Career Development Centre’s (CDC) and other in-class workshop presentations we deliver, please visit the CDC faculty resource page on eLearn (Moodle) under 'department sites (please email cdc@capilanou.ca for the enrolment key).

Most of our workshops are 60 minutes in duration but can also be adjusted to meet your needs. You can schedule a workshop for your class by emailing cdc@capilanou.ca. Please provide us with at least two weeks’ notice. As we will do our best to accommodate all requests, there may be times when this is not possible due to staff availability. We also ask that attendance is required for your students as any other regularly scheduled class.

If you have any questions, please contact the CDC at cdc@capilanou.ca or 604 984 4965.


Career exploration

The biggest career myth: your career path will be straight 

Career myths are all around us, but knowing how to uncover the truth behind the myth is an important first step towards your desired career path.  Attend this workshop to learn the essential skills for breaking myths such as:  "Your career path is straight, especially if you are studying Accounting, Engineering, or Marketing."; "Stay away from Arts and Science programs — you’ll have a very hard time finding a career path."; "If you don’t know what you’re doing by the time you’re in your last years of studies, you’ll never be successful.

Job search strategies

How coffee can help your job search

Do you apply for jobs only online? Do you know about different job search strategies? In this workshop, you will learn about some of the most effective ways to find work, and discover why meeting someone for a coffee can be more efficient than sending out 100s of applications. Be prepared for some hands-on work which will help you develop a personalized action plan.


Why your resume isn’t getting you an interview 

Do you know the best way to market yourself in your resume? Hiring managers don’t need you telling them what your day to day duties are — they probably already know them. This workshop will help you to understand your personal value proposition and how to write a resume that is unique to your experience and skills. Practice makes perfect — bring your current resume!

Cover letter

Cover letters, the job search equivalent of an online dating profile

Have you ever written a cover letter, but weren’t quite sure if it was good enough? The cover letter might seem less important but is your opportunity to connect with the hiring manager and add some personality to the application. Be ready to step into the shoes of a hiring manager, review some cover letters and learn 


How to write an eye-catching LinkedIn summary

Have you ever read a LinkedIn summary that made you want to meet the person right away? LinkedIn is a powerful tool that professionals in many industries are expected to have. This workshop will provide you with some basic LinkedIn profiling rules that you will be able to use on your own time, but more importantly will get you to practice identifying unique values and creating a strong summary that represents who you are.

Oh, the people you will know: networking on LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a powerful tool, but only if you use it. Having a professional online presence without actively engaging with your network is as good as not having one. Position yourself as an expert in the field — learn who to connect with, how to connect, and different ways to interact with your professional network. Expect to leave with practical strategies to improve your professional online presence.


Be prepared, be on time, be the one

The most crucial part of an interview and the reason why most people don’t get the job is simply lacking preparation. Maximize your chances of success by learning about what you need to do in the days leading up to your interview. Figure out what you should (and should not!) wear to an interview, discover how early you should arrive, and why it is so important to be nice to everyone that you meet.

Why you should do the Grouse Grind before your interview

The way you sit while you are waiting to be called into the interview room, the general conversation before the formal questions, and whether you follow up after the interview to thank them for their time, are all contributing factors towards the impression that you give to the potential employer. In this workshop, you will have an opportunity to practice answering some of the most frequently asked questions and learn why it’s a good idea to hike the Grouse Grind before your interview.


The brussels sprouts of a job search

Networking is sort of like the Brussels sprouts of a job search — no one likes them, but they’re good for you. In this workshop, you will learn that networking does not always have to be the awkward, uncomfortable situation that you think it will be. Networking events come in many shapes and forms – but preparing, knowing how to start conversations, and knowing what not to do can help you to feel more confident and comfortable.

Workplace etiquette

How to read your new manager's mind?

You’ve got a job. Great…now what? Being successful in your chosen career doesn’t mean just finding a job; it means being able to keep the job. Each workplace will have its own spoken and unspoken workplace etiquette. In this workshop, you will learn how to uncover the unspoken rules as well as general office behaviour that most employers have come to expect.