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A few years into your career? Check in with HR

Human Resources has services to support you at every step of your professional journey
February 17, 2015

Invest in yourself and your career. Find out about HR services available to you. Invest in yourself and your career. Find out about HR services available to you. | Photo by Concordia University

This is the second article in a series about the services and support Human Resources offers staff and faculty at different stages of their career. Watch Cspace in the coming weeks for the rest of the series.

Now that you’ve been at Concordia for a few years, you’ve gotten to know the campus, your job and your colleagues. Perhaps you’re looking for ways to invest in the rest of your career.

Here is a list of services HR offers to help you do so:

1.    Capitalize on professional development opportunities

The Employment and Organizational Effectiveness team has created a learning and development calendar to offer employees opportunities to hone their skills throughout their careers at the university. In fact, Concordia is one of the organizations recognized by the Government of Quebec for its commitment to investing in the skills development of its workforce.  

The 2015 Learning and Development Calendar is currently in development. Watch this space for an announcement about new courses and workshops.

2.    Save for retirement

Pension plan

It’s never too early to start thinking about retirement. As an employee of Concordia — whether you are a faculty or staff member — you can contribute to the Pension Plan for the Employees of Concordia University and save for the future.

Why not take this opportunity to review your situation in the pension plan? The pension projection calculator on pension@ccess  will help you obtain estimates of your pension at various retirement ages.

Other savings plans

HR also offers staff and faculty complementary ways to save, such as the Group RSP and the opportunity to purchase Canada Savings Bonds in the fall.

For more information, contact Human Resources by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 3666, or by email at

3.    Review your benefits entitlements

Life events that take place during your career can have an effect on your benefits. Take a look at the work & life events Cspace page to see if you need to make any changes. To review or make changes to your benefits, contact

4.    Review your labour agreement and HR policies

There are many different kinds of benefits available to Concordia staff and faculty. Take the time to review exactly what you are entitled to. Each person’s situation is different, so for a comprehensive list of the benefits available to you, like bereavement leave, professional development, or parental leave, review your labour agreement.

If you do not have a labour agreement, review the HR policies to find out what is available to you.

5.    Get support

Life isn’t always simple, but getting support is. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers services and support to help you cope with the demands of everyday life. The EAP is a confidential counselling and information service for staff and faculty at Concordia and their immediate family.

If you’re eligible for health benefits at Concordia, EAP services in English and French are available to you at no cost. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, from wherever you are in the world.

Call 1-800-387-4765 for English service or 1-800-361-5676 for French. For e-service, go to

Find out more about EAP services, read …time to rethink being well.

Questions? Contact us

For more information, contact Human Resources by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 3666, or by email at

You can also visit us in person in Room FB-1130, Faubourg Tower (1250 Guy St.). To save time, make an appointment in advance.

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