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Crucial Skills Workshops
Timing: Every Wednesday throughout your Discover Year
One day every week – Discovery Day – all students come together for a day of fun and engaging education. These days are dedicated to skills workshops, career panels, and group discussions.
The skills workshops focus on both “hard” and “soft” skills related to communication, entrepreneurship, career development, organization and time management, critical thinking, and more. Subject matter experts from within the Discover Year community deliver interactive sessions to help you build fundamental career skills for the 21st century.
The career panels feature conversations with working professionals from a wide range of industries and backgrounds, from financial advisors, to psychologists, to news broadcasters and everything in between. These sessions expose you to new and diverse career possibilities and help you understand the professional skills and attitudes required for success.
This element of the program is intended to pique your curiosity and inspire you to explore your unique professional interests in a meaningful way.
At Discover Year, we recognize that our students have unique skills, interests, and expectations when it comes to employment. Our students participate in two 5-month work terms, which help them gain hands-on work experience and develop critical professional skills.
Whether you have previous work experience or you're looking for your very first job, we will help you craft a professional résumé and cover letter and coach you on effective communication strategies to connect with employers. You will also have access to our extensive network of mentors and professionals to help you explore the type of work that interests you.
During the work terms, students are expected to work approximately four days per week, with one additional day (Wednesdays) dedicated to our Discovery Days.
The one-month independent travel period is intended to expand your worldview and build confidence by stepping outside of your comfort zone. Adaptability, problem-solving, and cultural awareness are crucial skills in today’s job market, and without exception, our students always improve these skills during their travels.
We understand that when it comes to travel, students' interests and resources will vary. That is why — similar to the work terms — the travel period is flexible. Whether you want to travel to Montréal, Marseille, or Manilla, our travel experts will provide guidance as you prepare for your journey.
You may choose to participate in a structured volunteer opportunity, visit family overseas, or explore unchartered territories on your own or with a companion. No matter where you decide to go, there are many lessons to be learned from traveling to an unknown land.
Given the multitude of education and career pathways available today, it is understandable why many students become overwhelmed when thinking about their future.
When you join the Discover Year program, you will be matched with a life-path coach based on your interests, aspirations, and personality, and participate in bi-weekly one-on-one coaching sessions. Your coach will work with you to better understand your authentic interests, values, and talents, and how you can make use of them within the current labour market.
Through a combination of personality assessments and exploratory discussions, our coaches aim to increase students' confidence and self-awareness to incite meaningful action.
Timing: Usually carried out between March and July
At Discover Year, we believe that community service is most beneficial when the work is aligned with your interests, talents, and values. Giving back to your community is an enriching experience, and can be even more fulfilling when the work reflects your authentic passions.
Through a community service group project, you will be able to explore important social issues, build teamwork skills, and support your community in a meaningful way. Discover Year staff support the development of the project, but ultimately it is up to students to decide which issue to tackle, what impact you want to create, and how to implement the project.