- Am I guaranteed a placement through ACT to Employ?
The ACT to Employ Team cannot guarantee student placements. We will work diligently to place ACT to Employ students in valuable experiential learning opportunities.
- Can I get any job through ACT to Employ?
The focus of the ACT to Employ Program is to support Carleton students in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. This means that each placement must align with the student’s field of study, interests and/or skills, as well as offer an opportunity for the ACT to Employ student to use and develop their transferable skills.
- What are transferable skills?
Transferable skills are those that you acquire and develop through experience, and transfer to a future employment opportunity
- Communication skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Organization and Time Management
For more information, please see the transferable skills website.
- How do I get a job through ACT to Employ?
There are three ways you may obtain employment through ACT to Employ:
- Access and apply to job postings through mySuccess (via Carleton Central)
- Inform the Student Counsellor of a department or campus service you are interested in. The ACT to Employ Coordinator will reach out to that department/service to advise of the Program and will post any job postings to mySuccess
- Conduct a self-directed job search, in which you use your personal network to cultivate a connection and obtain a job offer. You can provide the Student Counsellor with the contact details of your connection, and the Coordinator will reach out to explain the ACT to Employ program. If the position in question meets the program’s criteria for experiential learning and you have been offered the position, you will be placed.
- Why do I have to do an intake with the ACT to Employ Student Advisor? Is it a formal interview?
The ACT to Employ intake process allows the Student Counsellor to discuss your:
- Interest in taking part in the ACT to Employ program;
- Academic program;
- Previous employment history;
- Skills, abilities, interests, and strengths;
- Current academic accommodations;
- Anticipated workplace accommodations; and
- Career goals
The intake meeting also allows you to meet the ACT to Employ Student Counsellor, who will be your main point of contact for any questions, concerns, or support throughout your placement experience.
The intake is not a formal interview. The meeting is an informal conversation about the Program and about you; the process usually takes 30-40 minutes.
- Where can I get my resume reviewed?
You may access Career Services’ Job Search Support website at any time for education and resources regarding job postings, job search, networking, and resumes.
- After I’ve had an intake, what do I do next?
- Please reach out to Career Services to have it reviewed
- Mention that you are part of the ACT to Employ program, looking for a resume review appointment
- Implement the recommended changes to your resume, and send a copy to the ACT to Employ Student Counsellor.
- If you are called for an interview, please contact Career Services for interview preparation
- Mention that you are part of the ACT to employ program, looking for interview preparation and/or a mock interview
- Contact the ACT to Employ Student Counsellor if you have any additional questions about the ACT to Employ process, or if you have additional details to add following your intake meeting
- Please reach out to Career Services to have it reviewed
- Do I have to disclose?
No. The decision to disclose the specifics of your disability with an employer or supervisor is entirely up to you. As an ACT to Employ participant, you understand that employers will know that you have a disability and that you may require accommodations; however, specifics about your disability will not be disclosed without your consent.
The ACT to Employ team encourages students to maintain open communication about their accommodation needs with employers. If you would like assistance facilitating a conversation with your employer about your specific needs, please contact the ACT to Employ Student Counsellor – that’s what we are here for!
- If I talk to an employer about accommodations, will that negatively impact my chances of getting an ACT to Employ placement?
There are a number of things to keep in mind when considering disclosing accommodation needs to an ACT to Employ employer:
- The need for accommodations should not affect your chances of getting a job, unless the requested accommodations are to the point of ‘undue hardship’ for the employer;
- Your employer will not know any specifics about the nature of your disability unless you choose to disclose them;
- Part of the ACT to Employ team’s job is to educate employers and supervisors about the potential associated with hiring persons with disabilities, and to dispel the notion that requiring accommodations makes an individual less qualified to do the work; from an ACT to Employ perspective, it is important for employers to understand that the person who is most qualified, regardless of accommodations needs, should be offered the position;
- Whether or not an individual requires accommodations, they will bring a unique perspective to the workplace that an individual without a disability might not be aware of – diversity of perspectives is a benefit to employers.
- Can I be supported through ACT to Employ in part-time or full-time roles?
- ACT to Employ registrants can access support from the Student Counsellor whether they are working in a part-time or full-time capacity.
- Many on-campus placements in the Fall and Winter terms are part-time in nature (approximately 5-10 hours per week).
- How much will I get paid, and how?
ACT to Employ provides on-campus employers with a wage subsidy of $15/hr for part-time positions (up to 120 hours per term). Employers are required to pay students at least $15/hr, but can offer more if they are able to do so.
Employers are required to pay students during the work term via regular payroll. As such, for on-campus positions you will be required to complete hourly time sheets to be submitted to HR (your employer will provide training).
- As an ACT to Employ Student, am I eligible for more than one placement?
If you successfully complete an ACT to Employ placement, you are eligible to be considered for another placement in future terms. However, students are not able to take part in two placements during one term. An exception to this is during the summer term, where students can be eligible for more than one part-time position at a time; please be advised that each request of this nature is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must be approved before a student confirms with an employer.
- I am a recent Carleton graduate – Can I still be part of ACT to Employ?
Congratulations on your graduation! If you graduated within one term of the start of your ACT to Employ placement, you are still eligible to participate. If you graduated outside of this window, we suggest you connect with the ACT Program by visiting Career Services (401 Tory Building) or contacting ACT directly. Both Career Services and the ACT Program are available to assist current students and graduates (regardless of when you graduated) with questions related to career exploration and job search support.