What’s the difference between career counselling and career advising?

A career counsellor helps you make choices about your academic and career path based on your strengths and interests. They can help you find out what you can do with your degree, whether that means entering the job market or continuing your studies.

A career advisor helps you with your job search. They can give you tips and resources to help you land the job you want.

Career counselling

Not sure what you can do with your degree, or if you’re even in the right program? Meet with a career counsellor to:

  • Find out what you can do with your major
  • Choose the right degree for you
  • Plan for further education
  • Explore your strengths, interests, and passions to guide you to the right career path
  • Find out how your interests can influence your future career

Career advising

Are you looking for a career-related job or part-time work? Meet with a career advisor to:

  • Find jobs in your field
  • Find career-related experience
  • Find a part-time or summer job
  • Improve your résumé and cover letter
  • Ace your next interview
  • Review your LinkedIn profile
  • Learn networking strategies

Accessing Appointments

Access to services varies according to your student status (currently attending courses or not) and your place of residence. Before booking an appointment, check which services you have access to.

Call 514-848-2424 ext. 7345 / 3921 to book an appointment.

Please note that students must call to book their own appointments. Parents, friends, etc., cannot book appointments on behalf of a student. 

Please also note: during peak periods, there may be longer wait times to book an appointment due to the high volume of requests.  

Which services do I have access to?

Current Concordia student taking courses

Residing in Quebec


Residing outside Quebec


Residing outside Canada


Student enrolled in program but not taking courses this semester

Residing in Quebec, outside Quebec or outside Canada


Concordia alumni

In light of the current pandemic, services for alumni are currently being reviewed. Please check back regularly for updates.

Alternative support for students currently residing outside of Quebec

Under the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ) guidelines, appointments are only available to students residing in Quebec.

Career self-assessment

These self-assessment tools can help you clarify your career direction and help you make better career-related decisions. They can be used together or individually depending on your needs.

  • Skills inventory: identify your skills and abilities to help you choose your ideal career path. Select the skills you think you have and identify those you would like to develop.
  • Value assessment: determine the values most important to you to help you choose a career path in line with your core values.
  • Goal-Setting use this decision-making technique to help you identify the career option(s) that best suits you. Fill out one form per career option or use this document to help you determine potential career paths.

New Students

Learning help

  • One-on-one appointments and workshops with learning specialists are available through Learning Services

Mental Health (or Personal Counselling)

Under the Ordre des Psychologues du Québec (OPQ) guidelines, appointments are only available to students residing in Quebec. 

  • Personal counselling is available for students residing in Quebec through Counselling and Psychological Services. Students residing outside Quebec and outside Canada can seek support through Wellness Together Canada, a 24/7 tele-counselling line.
  • EmpowerMe: Connect by phone or online with counsellors and life-coaches, available 24/7. 1-833-628-5589 in Canada and the U.S. Find international numbers.

 

Cancelling or being late for your appointment

You must cancel 24 hours in advance if you are unable to keep your appointment with Career and Planning Services. Please call 514-848-2424 ext. 3921 to cancel. 

If you expect to be late for your appointment, please email the person who sent you the ZOOM invitation for your appointment to let them know. If you are more than 20 minutes late, your appointment time may be given to another student.

Contact us

514-848-2424, ext. 7345
caps@concordia.ca

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Locations

Sir George Williams Campus
Room H-745

Loyola Campus
Room AD-103

Office hours

Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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