Career Counselling

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HOW WE CAN HELP

Planning your future in the middle of a pandemic isn't easy. You may feel stressed or discouraged and that's normal. Nobody can control what's happening out there but you can control how you respond.  Working with a career professional can help you plan your next steps.

By taking small steps in your job or career search, you'll feel less anxious over time. Plus these tiny steps will yield results in the future. Taking action can boost your mental wellness and help you to see possibilities. Career Wellness is part of your overall wellness (see the graphic below)! Believe it or not, there is still a lot you can do to figure out your career direction or find work even during this time of physical distancing.

Talk to a Career Counsellor or Employment Strategist by phone, video-conference or email today.  We can help with decisions regarding your program, career goals and how to job search during this time.

Call us at 905-828-5451 or 905-828-5264 to make an appointment. We are looking forward to working with you!

Don't hesitate to contact the UTM Health and Counselling Centre for assistance.

Your privacy is respected in this process; we do not share information with others without your written consent unless required by law.

OUR TEAM

The Centre is staffed by Career Counsellors who hold a Master of Education in Counselling, training in career development including certification in a variety of career and personality assessments, and many years of experience both inside and outside the university.


MalouMalou Twynam, Career Counsellor

M.Ed. Counselling Psychology, University of Toronto (OISE)
M.A. Sociology, University of Waterloo

Malou earned her Master of Education in Counselling Psychology in addition to a previous Master’s Degree in Sociology. Prior to joining the team at the UTM Career Centre, she worked for seven years in career services assisting persons with disabilities to achieve their career goals. She also has experience providing personal counselling to post-secondary students and adults. She enjoys helping students to discover their unique gifts, explore career possibilities and make confident career decisions. Malou enjoys outdoor adventures including kayaking, camping and hiking. She is also an avid reader and cook.

 

Head shot of Peggy Shkuda one of our Career CounsellorsPeggy Shkuda, Career Counsellor

Honours B.A. Philosophy, University of Toronto
M.Ed. Counselling Psychology, University of Toronto (OISE)

Peggy has her Masters of Education Specializing in Counselling Psychology with a focus on career development. She has six years of experience working as a Career Coach in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to that, she enjoyed a successful career as a TV documentary producer specializing in the arts.

Peggy believes that the career journey has many twists and turns along the road which teaches us new and exciting things about ourselves. She is also an active member of the International Association of Career Professionals. When she is not following career trends, she is busy practising the piano and supporting live music whenever she can.

 

Claire Smith-Victor, Career Cousellor

Claire worked at UTSC and as a sessional College Professor at George Brown College prior to joining UTM Career Centre. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Counselling (now Counselling Psychology) with a focus on Career Counselling, from the University of Ottawa. Always being aware of the importance to lift as she climbs, Claire has volunteered as a Mentor to newcomers at CultureLink and the Newcomer Information Centre of the YMCA of Greater Toronto. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Skills for Change.

Claire believes every student has the ability to make academic and career decisions that are right for them. In addition to resources and support, what they require is an understanding of how their values, interests and acquired skills can help in that decision-making process. Claire loves being outdoors walking trails and riding her bike. She has walked the trails of Kathmandu Valley, trekked the Annapurna Sanctuary and climbed to Uhuru’s peak on Mt. Kilimanjaro.