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Career Cluster Series


Welcome back from Reading Week! The HTLC has some really exciting events happening, just for you! Are you interested in Public Relations, Marketing and/or Advertising? Do you want to be able to compare all three career fields? We have four different professionals speaking about their careers to help give you a big picture of the featured industries. We kicked things off today with Ryan Moran, Senior Marketing Manager at Niagara Parks. We continue with:

  • Public Relations Manager at McMaster University–         Today @ 1:30pm with Wade Hemsworth
  • Public Relations Professional with Hamilton HIVE– Thursday, October 22 @ 10:30am with Alyssa Lai
  • VP Advertising for Hamilton Spectator– Tuesday, November 3 @ 12:30pm with Kelly Montague

These are small group sessions. Space is limited, so sign up early! Stay tuned for more Career Conversations throughout the term!


Lauren Toyota new

HTLC is so excited to be able to invite you to meet TV personality, Lauren Toyota! Lauren will be speaking to Humanities students about her career which has included interviewing celebrities like Kanye West and Justin Bieber. If you are interested in learning more about careers in the entertainment industry, this event is for you.

~Free Snacks & Refreshments~

Spots are limited. We strongly encourage students to register early through OSCARPlus or by email htlc@mcmaster.ca


Networking Event for Humanities Students

Human Rights & Justice Networking Breakfast
Monday, November 16- 8:00am-12:00pm

CIBC Hall [3rd Floor of Student Centre]

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Come hear from and network with professionals who will inspire you to see the potential in connecting the liberal arts and a career in Human Rights & Justice.

Our special guests include a  human rights lawyer, an anti-poverty activist and a communications specialist for a major not-for-profit. Full details will be announced later on this month – stay tuned!

Free food ~ Door prizes ~ Business casual dress code

This is an event you won’t want to miss! Register early on OSCARplus today!

Teaching English Abroad


Asia is a great destination if you want to English abroad after graduation, with lots of job opportunities. One of the very best ways to go is through the JET Programme. Run by the Japanese Government, JET places university graduates in elementary, junior high, or high schools to work as English language assistants. Rates of pay and conditions are excellent and no previous knowledge of Japanese or teaching is required.

HTLC will be hosting an info session on the JET Programme on October 28, 12:30-1.20pm in TSH 203.

See: http://www.jetprogramme.ca/

Study Abroad Information Session

Today @ 9:30am-10:20am (TSH 203)

Would you like to find out what it’s like to live and study in a different country? To gain a new perspective on life? If so, the Humanities Study Abroad Program may be for you. Come to this information session to find out what you need to prepare for an exchange.

Register for this session on OSCARplus.

Another session will be held on Thursday, October 29, 10.30-11.20am in TSH 201.

Insurance Careers Networking Session


Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015 @ 1:30pm to 2:30pm
MUSC 313/311

Gifted at math and statistics? You may make a great Actuary.
Like analysis, research and collaboration? You could be well suited to being an Underwriter. Are you able to spot trouble before it happens? Think about Loss Control or Risk Management.

The Science Career and Cooperative Education (SCCE) in partnership with the Insurance Institute – Career Connections are proud to present a interactive panel discussion and speed networking event to provide students with the opportunity to engage and ask questions of representatives from leading employers in the region regarding a diverse range of roles in insurance.

Space is limited and pre-registeration is required for this session on OSCARplus.

Career Interview Series
Get informed and inspired by what some McMaster Humanities grads are up to now!
Natalie Timperio
Freelance Writer
The Girl with Bangs, Illuminessence, Call it Spring
Peace Studies & Poli Sci ’12
Month @ A Glance


October 19
Career Conversation:
Senior Marketing Manager

(9:30 – 10:20am)
Exchange Information Session

(1:30pm – 2:20pm)
Career Conversation:
Public Relations Manager

October 22
(10:30am – 11:20pm)
Career Convesation:
Public Relations Professional

October 28
(12:30pm – 1:20pm)
Jet Programme Information Session

October 29
(10:30am – 11:20am)
Exchange Information Session

October 29
(1:30pm – 2:20pm)
Career Conversation: Archives & Rare Books Librarian

October 29
(10:30am – 11:20am)
Exchange Information Session

October 29
(1:30pm – 2:30pm)
Insurance Careers Networking Session

October 30
Career Conversation: Corporate Lawyer

TIp of the week
5 Biggest Job Application Mistakes
2. Writing a Generic Cover Letter Your cover letter is similar to your first impression. It needs to be compelling and make the hiring manager interested to look over your resume. Tip: Write a new cover letter for each position you’re applying for.
Stay tuned next week for tip #3 (Source: Careerealism)
Read This!
Learn to Love Informational Interviews (Source: LinkedIn)
Job Shadow through SSC
November 2-6, 2015
Are you interested in observing day-to-day activities of your desired profession? There are numerous job shadow postings available through Student Success Centre. Students are encouraged to participate to further explore potential career options. Postings are now active on OSCARPlus.
Visit our website for details on events, opportunities and resources.If you are interested in any or all of these events throughout the year, please register on OSCARplus. Should you experience technical issues with OSCARplus, please contact htlc@mcmaster.ca as soon as possible.
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