UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 1 | Jan.
Students learn to chart career course thanks to new program
Lifelong skills focus of Career Services' offering
by Michelle Cook staff writer
What kind of job can you do with an Arts or Science degree?
With the introduction of an innovative career development pilot
program, UBC Career Services hopes to get students looking for some
answers while they're still in school.
Future Mapping is an initiative aimed at helping Arts and Science
students build careers related to their interests, skills and values,
develop creative self-marketing tools and strategies, and hone their
"Today's labour market calls for a more entrepreneurial approach
to work-search," says the program's project manager Keira McPhee.
"We want to teach students how to uncover work opportunities, including
those in the unadvertised job market, as well as how to market themselves
to match those opportunities."
Although it used to be anathema to equate universities with career
development, McPhee says the Arts and Sciences faculties saw a clear
need for career programming targeted at their students. The program
has also received funding from the Office of the Vice-President,
"Many Arts and Science students look for a direct link between
their major and future career," McPhee says. "For example, they
think history major equals historian, but the experience of UBC
Arts and Science alumni proves the range of options is very diverse.
"In Future Mapping, participants are encouraged to look beyond
traditional career categories to understand the constantly shifting
nature of today's labour market, and its many different options."
The 40-hour program is broken down into six modules delivered through
a combination of interactive online and in-class sessions. Topics
include assessing career interests, values and skills, tracking
future job trends, practicing networking, and creating effective
The program concludes with an introduction to skills for successfully
managing a career such as communication, conflict management, team
building, and workplace ethics.
"Future Mapping is a comprehensive career development program that
goes beyond career testing and resumé writing," says Career Services'
Carol Naylor, the lead author of Future Mapping.
"The Web units feature video interviews with UBC alumni, on-line
discussions and information exchanges. In class, participants will
have the opportunity to hone and practise their professional skills
Naylor says the program is designed to give students a lifelong
set of career guiding principles and skills. The first session of
Future Mapping starts tomorrow for Arts or Science students. The
cost is $218.
For more information call 604-822-4011 or visit www.careers.ubc.ca/futuremapping.