During these unprecedented times, many USask students and alumni may be facing financial and employment difficulties.
Across Saskatchewan and the country we are seeing extensive disruption in the labour market, including altered work arrangements (e.g. remote working), reduced hours, layoffs, and hiring processes that are being deferred or cancelled.
Governments and employers are taking steps to help people who have had their employment impacted by COVID-19, and the response is evolving daily.
The Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC) aims to support our students and alumni through these challenging times by providing curated information and resources, and by continuing to provide timely employment and career related services. Please log into CareerLink to book a Career Coaching, ResumeTalk, or Mock Interview appointment, or contact any of our SECC team members directly with your employment and career questions.
(Updated March 26, 2020)
Know your benefits and stay informed
- Government of Canada - COVID-19 Benefits and Services
- Employment Insurance
- Emergency Care and Emergency Support
- Canada Child Benefit
- Canada Student Loans
- Government of Saskatchewan - Changes To Job Protected Leaves
- Global News - How to Apply for EI and the New COVID-19 Emergency Benefit
- Conference Board of Canada - Daily Updates and Latest News
- The Globe and Mail - Layoffs, Salary, EI and More: Your Coronavirus and Employment Questions Answered
Continued learning and growth
USask Spring and Summer Classes - Considering signing up for an online class this summer. It's a great opportunity to focus on a class, and get ahead in your program!
LinkedIn Learning - Sign up with your USask email (email@example.com) for free access to hundreds of short courses and videos on pretty much any topic you can imagine. You do not need a LinkedIn account to access LinkedIn Learning.
Job Postings YouTube Channel - A great selection of free short videos on everything from office etiquette and how to be a better teammate to networking hacks and nailing online interviews.
24 Best Websites for Learning New Skills - Here you'll find a list of sites (many free) for online education, narrowed down and categorized by the type of learning experience they offer.
Maximize your job search
Be open-minded when it comes to opportunities and make sure to broaden your job search to include a range of sources. Keep in mind that many organizations do not post on job listing sites, and you will need to visit their Careers pages. Make sure to use these job search sources:
- Government of Saskatchewan
- Government of Canada
- Company careers pages
Book an appointment with our career and employment professionals through CareerLink.
Take care of yourself:
- World Health Organization - Coping with Stress During COVID-19
- FORBES - 9 Ways to Stay Positive During COVID-19
- Conference Board of Canada - Videos about coping, mental health and fear during COVID-19 and webinars on topics such as managing change and building resilience
Ask for help - USask Student Wellness Centre and Student Affairs and Outreach professionals are available to support you.
Consider volunteering to help others - Check social media for caremongering movements in your community for opportunities to volunteer even as you practice social distancing and self-isolation.