We’re OPEN during the SUMMER!

The Engineering Co-op and Career Services (ECCS) office is open during the summer months (with the exception of the following statutory holidays: May 22, July 3, August 7, and September 4.).

Although the ECCS office is open during the summer months, Career Counsellors and other staff may be working reduced hoursTo ensure that a staff member is available to meet with you to answer your questions about job searches (co-op, internship or full-time), cover letter/resume writing, or interviewing skills, please schedule an appointment: after logging in to your OSCARplus account, select the “Appointments” link on the left navigation bar, and then click on “Engineering”.

Not in Hamilton during the summer months? Career Counsellors are also available to meet via telephone – in the “Additional Information” section of the appointment, please write that this is a phone meeting and include a number at which the staff member can call you.

If none of the scheduled times are convenient for you, please call our office at 905-525-9140, ext. 22571.

UPDATE: Our office will be moving to the Hatch Centre at some point during the summer months – more details to follow!

Posted in Career Services Information, Co-op News


Have you been applying to jobs (summer/co-op/entry-level) recently?  That’s great!  But it’s only “half of the battle” . . . you also want to begin you interview prep.  Check out these great resources:

Phone interview advice
Opportunity calling: How to ace a telephone interview
Phone Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts for Job-Seekers
Nail Your Next Phone Interview [Infographic]

Video (Skype) interview advice
Video Interview Do’s and Don’ts

Interview follow-up (e.g., thank-you notes)
14 things you should do after a job interview

And another good read . . .
Why haven’t I heard back after my job interview?



Posted in Career Services Information, Co-op Job Search Tips

Companies are still looking to HIRE interns!

For students who are eligible* to apply for internship opportunities, job postings will continue during the summer months (including May, June, July, and August). TIP: Some companies will post internship opportunities in OSCARplus, some will post only on their own companies’ websites, and others through online job boards.  See our Job Search Websites page for more details.

*Eligibility criteria for applying for internships: Students who were in Level 3 (four-year programs) OR Level 4 (five-year programs) for the 2017/18 academic year.

Questions about your internship job search?  Book an appointment (either in person or via phone) with an ECCS Career Counsellor or staff member: after logging in to OSCARplus, select “Appointments” on the left navigation bar, and click on “Engineering”.

engineering collageIllustration credit Kristopher Gillespie

Posted in Co-op Job Search Tips, Co-op News

FIRST Robotics and “soft skills”

McMaster University recently had the honour of hosting the FIRST Robotics Competition for the Ontario District.  As part of the competition, a Welcome brochure was created (layout by Kim Nguyen, FIRST Canada Graphic Design Volunteer) – with an introduction by Dean Kamen (FIRST Founder) and Donald E. Bossi (FIRST President).  Following is an excerpt from their introduction:

“You already know companies are clamoring for employees with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills you’ve developing through FIRST.  But many executives say they have difficulty finding employees with “soft skills” – talents like teamwork, communication, punctuality, critical thinking, adaptability, and creativity.”

As students, you develop your engineering and technology skills through your academic courses and labs.  This is great, but how do you develop those critical soft skills (also called interpersonal or transferable skills)?  Again, you use soft skills in your courses (e.g., writing reports, team projects, and so forth).  However, soft skills are also developed when working in part-time and summer jobs, extracurriculars (like FIRST Robotics!), and community and volunteer activities.

ADVICE: Get involved with these types of activities, and showcase them on your resume when applying for student jobs (e.g., co-op, internship, entry-level positions).  Your soft skills will increase your chances of getting job interviews – and for job interviews, practice “behaviourial” questions to showcase those same skills again.


Posted in Career Services Information, Co-op Job Search Tips, Volunteer

APR 30 Deadline: Taste your Future Contest

Are you a student with a great idea for a new food and beverage product or process?

Submit a video with your idea to win $2000 and a mentorship with a food and beverage industry expert!


More details available at http://tasteyourfuture.ca/contest/.

Posted in Conferences

Is LinkedIn valuable for university students?


The following article has some great advice: Using LinkedIn to Find a Job or Internship

And more tips:
1) Format your LinkedIn page so that is better reflects your university student status.  You should move your Education section to the top, then followed by either Experience, Relevant Courses, etc. (so that the LinkedIn page follows the same format as your student resume) . . . AND include your LinkedIn URL in the header of your resume and cover (sample documents are available from the ECCS blog).
2) You can change the privacy settings of your LinkedIn searches – it can be “private”, so that your name is not listed on another LinkedIn page when you search for a specific person; “public” so that your name is shown when your search for contacts on LinkedIn.  Read more in this article: 9 LinkedIn Default Settings

BONUS!  Are you also a Co-op student?  If so, join our McMaster Engineering Co-op Program group on LinkedIn!


Posted in Career Services Information, Co-op Job Search Tips, Networking


The James Dyson Award opens for entries today. The international award celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of engineers.

The brief is simple: design something that solves a problem.

Open to post-secondary students (or graduates within four years) studying engineering, design engineering, product design or similar – they have the chance to win $50,000 towards their project’s future development and $8,500 for their school.

A smart contact lens. A desktop circuit board printer. A foot-powered washing machine. A smart UV light indicator. Past Canadian winners of the James Dyson Award have solved a vast array of problems.

More details are available at https://jamesdysonaward.org/.


Posted in Awards

MAY 5: McMaster Regional Chemistry Info Session

Registration is now open for the 4th annual McMaster Regional Chemistry Information Session (Friday May 5 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm in CIBC Hall). This year MRCIS will be hosting 15+ companies in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, chemical biology, and biochemistry. MRCIS is an excellent opportunity to meet industry representatives, expand your network, and learn about jobs available in the field for recent and upcoming graduates. Registration is now open on Eventbrite.

Admission is free and includes a light lunch. Register early to secure your spot as spots are limited and registration will open to other universities after April 10. MRCIS registration is open to anyone in the McMaster community (undergraduate students, graduate, post-doc, and faculty are all welcome).

For more information, and a list of companies attending MRCIS, you can visit our website or email mcgss@mcmaster.ca

Companies attending MRCIS 2017 include 3M, Gilead, Johnson and Johnson, Toronto Research Chemicals, Xerox Research Centre, Virox, Ontario Centers of Excellence, Ecosynthetix, Patheon, ALS Enviornmental, Ontario Institute of Cancer Research, Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, and more!


Posted in Conferences, Networking