Our free career development webinars will equip you with the tools you need to stand out in the job application process and prepare you to enter the workforce!

Through webinars hosted on Zoom, you’ll connect with professionals covering specific topics that can help you advance your career or help you get started. By attending these webinars, you’ll learn to finetune skills like cover letter writing, resume building, interview techniques, and much more!

Webinars are recommended for youth ages 15+.

Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

Paws, Hooves, and Beyond: Exploring Veterinary Science Careers

Don't miss this chance to explore the exciting world of veterinary science and connect with professionals who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of animals and communities alike. Join us for an inspiring and informative workshop that could shape your future in veterinary medicine.

Our panel of seasoned professionals from different specialties within veterinary science will share their unique career journeys, experiences, and expertise. From clinical practice to research, our panelists will inspire you to explore your future and the breadth and depth of opportunities awaiting aspiring veterinary professionals.

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2024
Time:
7 - 8:30 p.m. ET
Location:
via Zoom (Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day of the webinar)

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Meet Our Panelists

Jill

Dr. Jill Wood

Dr. Jill Wood graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in 2001. She spent 19 years in private practice working with both large animals and companion animals before joining the Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture as the Chief Veterinary Officer in October of 2020. The CVO on PEI is responsible for policy and regulatory issues related to animal health and welfare and for fish health certificates in relation to PEI's cultured finfish industry.

Outside of work, Jill enjoys pottery and raising show quality poultry. She, her husband and three children reside on the family dairy farm and all have been heavily involved in 4H for many years now.

Kim

Dr. Kim McCallum

Dr. McCallum started her passion for veterinary medicine during her time in the Yukon, where she was training sled dogs. During her training at the Atlantic Veterinary College and a subsequent medicine-surgery internship at the Ontario Veterinary College, she realized that she could make the greatest difference in supporting people when their pets were ill or hurt. Emergency medicine and critical care have thus become her pursuits. She has been working at the Metro Animal Emergency Clinic in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, since 2007 but has also practiced in Ontario and Alaska. When not working, she spends time with her creatures, 2 dogs and 3 cats, and her family at her ocean-side home in Sambro.

Shannon

Dr. Shannon McCreary

Growing up as the daughter of a veterinarian and raising a small flock of 4-H sheep were what sparked Shannon's interest in animal health. She left her home province of British Columbia to study agriculture at the University of Saskatchewan before being admitted to the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. After obtaining her DVM in 2018 Shannon worked in rural mixed practice until her passion for zoonotic diseases led her to join the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. Her career as a veterinarian with the federal public service has been incredibly diverse - varying from international livestock trade to meat hygiene to disease investigations. A highlight experience for Shannon has been working with the large cross-Canada team to respond to and contain outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza since it arrived in 2022. In her spare time Shannon enjoys highland dancing. She lives in Bladworth, Saskatchewan with her husband and daughter where they are partners in a multi-generational grain and livestock farm.

Jasmine

Dr. Jasmine Paulson

Dr. Jasmine Paulson grew up in Hodgeville, SK on her parents mixed farm and backgrounding feedlot. Her interest in veterinary medicine started at a very young age as she helped out around the farm. She was a member of the Hallonquist Multiple 4-H Club for a number of years, and was very active in extracurricular activities in school. After graduating from high school she took her Undergraduate Degree at the University of Saskatchewan in Animal Sciences. During her undergrad Dr. Paulson was a U of S 4-H alumni where she was the club secretary and helped organize various fundraisers and events. She also worked part time during her undergrad for various animal science departments including the Prairie Aquaculture Centre, Sheep Unit, and the Rayner Teaching Dairy on campus. Dr. Paulson attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her DVM in 2019. After graduating she began working at the Deep South Animal Clinic, a mixed animal practice, in Ogema Saskatchewan. In January of 2023 Dr. Paulson became a partner in the clinic with Dr. Andrew Acton. The Deep South Animal Clinic prides itself in providing quality care for all patients and strives to practice advanced bovine medicine. Dr. Paulson still enjoys a variety of extracurricular activities outside of work including curling, riding, and helping out at her family farm whenever possible.

Clare

Dr. Clare Tompkins

Clare Tompkins grew up in Ontario and graduate with her undergrad Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1989 from the University of Guelph and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 from the Ontario Veterinary College.

She started working in a rural large animal practice caring for beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, swine and horses. After 5 years of exclusively large animal practice, she joined 2 other mixed animal practices part time to extend her clientele to small animals such as dogs and cats.

She moved to Vancouver Island in 2001 and became a partner at Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital, another mixed animal practice. After 15 years there, the practice was sold and she opted to work at various other clinics as a locum, or relief veterinarian. She works at clinics on the island from Comox to Sooke as well as brief stints at mainland clinics to fill in when other veterinarians need time off. Locum work offers a more flexible work week and time for other pursuits such as a Masters degree in Equine Science.

Clare has been active within her profession as a member of the Animal Welfare Committee and the Investigation Committee. She has been a 4-H Leader for over 15 years with the Cowichan 4-H Horse Club and has been District President for the last 5 years. She enjoys giving back to the community in this way and nurturing the growth of young people while they learn about their animals and communication skills.

When not working she enjoys hiking with her dogs or riding her horse on local trails. In the summer of 2022 Clare and her daughter rode their horses halfway across Canada, from White Rock BC to Kenora Ontario. In 2024 they plan to complete the cross-country ride from Kenora to the Atlantic. It has been an adventure in experiencing Canada and Canadians up close.

Past Webinars

Past Webinars

The Internship Advantage: Building Skills for the Future

This webinar is designed to help you explore the benefits of interning and learn more about intern opportunities available to you through our Careers on the Grow program! Our virtual panel is comprised of 4-H members who have participated in the internship program themselves, as well as some intern supervisors who can provide you with advice, guidance, and insights about the process. Learn how to make the most of an internship, gain valuable experience, and develop skills that can build your career!

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Past Webinars

How to Effectively Search and Apply for Jobs

This webinar is designed to help craft that perfect resume in the 21st century, where to look for jobs in the digital age, how to apply, and what to do to wow in your interview. Chelsea, a career counselor from Youth Employment Services (YES), provides job development support through this workshop.

How to Effectively Search and Apply for Jobs

Past Webinars

What You Need to Know About Scholarships

This webinar is packed with key information that students and parents need to know about scholarships, including how to find scholarships and how to create winning applications. This webinar dives in – Janet doesn’t just cover the “what”, she discusses all of her “how-to” tips and strategies that you need to know so you can put the information into practice. The session provides a good dose of “you can do it” confidence-building if you feel scholarships may be out of reach – potentially saving you thousands of dollars in the end!

What You Need to Know About Scholarships

Exploring Careers in Policy & Governance

Exploring Careers in Policy Governance

Building & Utilizing Your LinkedIn Profile

With over 720 million users worldwide, LinkedIn provides members with an opportunity to network, promote their skills, and engage with professionals across broad sectors. A professional account can be the difference between getting, and not getting, your foot in the door for your dream career! Key aspects of this presentation include:

  • Support on building an engaging LinkedIn Profile
  • Tips to make your profile stand out
  • Developing your ‘digital brand’ and contact network
Building Utilizing Your Linked In Profile

Making the most of a virtual career fair

Virtual career fairs have become more and more common as employers strive to recruit the best talent while saving on travel cost. Virtual career fairs use simple online tools to connect with job seekers. This webinar will highlight how to make the most of these tools and prepare you for this virtual event. Key aspects include:

  • Overview of a virtual career fair
  • How to prepare for a virtual career fair
  • What employers are looking for
  • How to network effectively
Making the most of a virtual career fair

Writing a stand-out resume

Writing a resume and standing apart from many applicants can be a daunting task. This webinar is a step by step on writing an effective resume that will highlight your strengths and catch employers' eye. Key aspects include:

  • Proper style and format of your resume
  • Cover letter writing skills
  • The do’s and don’ts of resume writing
Writing a stand out resume

Getting the job – Mastering the job interview

Sometimes interviews can be overwhelming and intimidating. Not to worry, this webinar will introduce techniques to calm your nerves and prepare you for your best interview yet. Key aspects include:

  • The interview process
  • Proper interview attire
  • Standing out from competition
  • Potential interview questions
  • Techniques to calm your nerves
Getting the job Mastering the job interview

Careers on the Grow is supported by:

RBC Foundation

Government of Canada

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