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Career counselling

Why see a Career Counsellor?

Confused about what you can do with your degree? Not sure if you are in the right program?  Career Counsellors support and guide undergraduate and graduate students in individual appointments, workshops and activities, exploring issues affecting the students’ career development and address all kinds of career questions. Career Counsellors can help you make sense of your options and help you make decisions about your future.

Types of Career issues addressed in Career Counselling

  • Which degree is best for me?
  • I am thinking of switching programs but I’m not sure
  • What career options does this degree lead to?
  • How do I get where I want to go?
  • How can I plan for further education?
  • How do I make decisions that are right for me?
  • I have many different interests and I don’t know what to do!

If you are thinking about these or other career questions, you are not alone!  Come and book an appointment with us.

Career counselling appointments may be up to 50 minutes in length, depending on your schedule and needs.

To learn how you can book an appointment, please visit our appointments page.

 What is the difference between Career Advising and Career Counselling at CAPS?

  • Career Advisors work with students who have a clear goal but need help achieving it. Career advisors provide help for finding jobs and internships, preparing resumes and cover letters, learning more about the job market and interview preparation.    
  • Career Counsellors work with students who may be confused about what they want to pursue as a career and unsure of their options.  Career Counsellors help students to know themselves better, explore career options, plan their education, set up goals and make decisions.

I heard about career testing, is it available?

  • Career counsellors may recommend that you explore career testing. These tests help you explore your personality, interests, skills and values as they relate to potential careers. Getting to know your work preferences and strengths ensures that when you move into occupational research, you are doing so with clear knowledge about the work environments, roles and tasks that will be a good fit for you. Book an appointment with a career counsellor to determine if testing is suitable for you.

When is the best time in my academic career to see a Career Counsellor?

  • Anytime is a good time! Seeing a Career Counsellor early on in your studies can help you prepare for your future by helping you come up with a career plan, goals and strategies, giving you time to pursue them. That being said, it’s never too late!

If you have ever wondered what kind of job you could get with your major, the following documents can help you explore the career options related to your major. We've researched jobs obtained by graduates, potential industries, skills acquired, professional associations, key links and suggested further reading. See a list of majors at Concordia.

Barbara Tremblay M.Ed. c.o., Career Counsellor
Ordre des Conseillers et Conseillères d’Orientation du Québec (OCCOQ).
(B.Ed., Masters Counselling/Orientation; University of Sherbrooke)

"I sincerely believe that career choice is one of the most important decisions in peoples’ lives. Given this, it is well worth the investment of time and effort. My role is to assist my clients in discovering the best career choice that matches their personality, interests, values, skills, decision-making style and strengths. I achieve this through the use of self-assessment, career testing and discussion; all within a humanistic, client-centered and cognitive-behavioral perspective. The success of the career counselling process depends on a variety of factors but a key one is the trust between a client and the counsellor - in this I place a lot of value. I see each client as the pillar of a positive and successful career process."


Meghan Atherton, M.A., c.o., Career Counsellor

Ordre des Conseillers et Conseillères d’Orientation du Québec (OCCOQ).
(B.A., B.Ed., M.A. Master’s in Counselling Psychology, McGill University)

Meghan Atherton is a graduate of McGill’s Masters in Counselling Psychology program and currently works as a Career Counsellor at Concordia’s Career and Planning Services.  She has over 5 years of experience working with university students, helping then figure out their career paths and achieve their career goals.  She offers one-on-one appointments and facilitates workshops on various career topics.    Meghan also holds a B.A. in Psychology and a B.Ed. from the University of Victoria and spent several years working in education in B.C. before moving to Montreal to pursue her graduate studies. Areas of interest for Meghan include career development, career counselling and youth health and development.

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