Explore Your Future

Many first year students are also faced with the decision of if they want, or need, to find part-time employment throughout the school year. Whether you’re looking to gain professional experience or simple looking to make some extra money you’ll want to spend time making sure you can successfully manage your time in order to take on both part-time work and fulltime studies.

Remember, your academics are the primary reason you’re at Carleton, so be sure not to over-commit yourself to a job that you can’t get time off from.

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Career Services

Career Services is Carleton University’s centralized office providing career support to students and alumni across all disciplines and levels of study. Career Services is here to help you explore your career options and get ready for life after university!


mySuccess is Career Services’ online resource portal that you can access from Carleton Central. In mySuccess you can browse our online job boards for internship opportunities and apply for on-campus, volunteer, co-op, part-time, full-time, and summer positions; check out our online resources and tip sheets to help you begin tackling your career questions; and sign up to attend employer networking and recruitment events. First year is a great time to start exploring your options!

Your Degree, Your Future

Your degree, your experiences and the skills that you gain while at Carleton are valuable and open you up to endless possibilities in a rapidly changing world.

Explore Your Degree, Your Future to identify the skills you can develop through your program, to see future possibilities and career paths of recent graduates, and to find out how to improve your employability by getting involved and gaining experience.


Co-operative education combines traditional, in-class education with hands-on experience. Co-op students alternate study terms at Carleton with four, eight, twelve or sixteen month work terms. Undergraduate students can enter the co-op program in one of two ways. Programs offering the co-op option allow students to apply directly from high school or CEGEP. Alternatively, students can apply for co-op during their first year of study at Carleton. Typically, students start their first work term after the completion of second year.

To begin your job hunt, visit Career Services and check out the online job board on Carleton University’s mySuccess portal (login via Carleton Central). When looking for a part-time job, make sure to take into account the hours you might be working (early mornings, late nights) and how long it will take for you to get to work from both your home and from campus.

Carleton’s Co-operative Education Program is an excellent way for students to get a head start on building their career. Through co-op, students develop key employability skills and gain valuable, degree-related work experience while earning money to help reduce student debt. All co-op work terms are full-time, paid positions that are monitored by the Co-op Office. Visit the co-op website to check if your degree program offers the co-op option.

The Work Study Program is a financial aid program that gives undergraduate students a chance to work part-time on campus. Through this program, you can earn extra money and gain valuable job experience while you are in school. If you do not have sufficient student loan funds to pay all of your education-related costs, you may be eligible to participate in Work Study. For more information, check out the Work Study website.

Career Services offers one-on-one career consulting and counselling sessions on a variety of topics including: identifying key connections between your degree, interests, and future career paths, job search strategies, networking information, resume and/or cover letter review, mock interviews, interview preparation, and post-graduate education information.

Career Services also offers a variety of specialized workshop series, in-class presentations, career on-campus pop-ups and employer events throughout the year to help you develop key employability skills and build connections with industry professionals. Meet and network with prospective employers and learn about upcoming employment opportunities at Career Services’ on-campus career fairs, networking nights, and employer recruitment sessions.


If you are a parent or guardian of a future Raven check out CU Parents to learn more about supporting your student as they transition to life at Carleton.

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