Posts Tagged ‘career advice’

Welcome Back to a New Year at Library Services: Learning Zone!

Windowfarm in the Learning Zone, 2016

What’s new at the Learning Zone for 2017?

The Learning Zone will be hosting upcoming exhibitions including a reading event, and awesome zine workshops exploring creative DIY approaches to zine-making. Career Development Résumé/CV, Portfolio and Interview Skills Drop-In Clinics returns this year, offering professional skill sets that will contribute to your long-term success. Writing Learning Centre (WLC) Drop-in Tutoring Sessions will also be available, providing useful skills for thesis writing, brainstorming, studying for essays to name a few.

Please, join us at the Learning Zone — we always look forward to your visits.

TEXThibit: Exhibition of creative writing by OCAD U students, 2017

A call of submissions for TEXThibit : An Exhibition of Creative Writing by OCAD U Students has been extended to January 30. This exhibition will consist of an visual selection of writings by students at OCAD U, displayed as large format installations on the walls of the Learning Zone Gallery February 2017.  All writing styles are welcomed — submissions of short stories, poetry, non-fiction and anything in between.

grOCAD Plant Sale, January 20, 2017

grOCAD is having a plant sale. Join them Friday January 20, in the lobby of the Main Building. Baby spider plants, aloe and more from the plant propagation workshop held last November in the Learning Zone will be on sale.

 grOCAD is a community of OCAD U students, faculty and staff working together to integrate plant life into our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus.

Interested in seeing some of grOCAD’s on-going projects? Visit us at the Learning Zone and have a look at grOCAD’s Windowfarm and Aquafarm installations.

Connect with grOCAD’s at grOCAD Public Group | Facebook or email

Are you looking for space to meet, host workshops or events? Contact us to discuss. The Learning Zone also accepts proposals for solo or group exhibitions. To learn more about our submissions guidelines contact Marta Chudolinska, Learning Zone Librarian, or visit for more details.




01 2017

Financial Matters

Since January, Mondays at the Learning Zone have been all about the moolah. Bones, clams, dough, cash; whatever you call it, it’s money, and that’s what Money Mondays are all about!

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Love it or hate it, we all need money to live (barring some extreme cases!). Money management and financial planning are especially important when you don’t rely on a steady income — a situation sadly familiar to many artists. There’s no time like the present to learn about money because the longer you wait, the more of a mess you can get yourself into.

At this point, we’re already seven steps into the ten-step program, but don’t let that get in your way! You can still register for the last two sessions:

1 April — Step 8: Protect Yourself and Your Money
8 April — Steps 9 & 10: Get Help & Stay Financially Fit

For more information, visit the Financial Matters: Info Sessions page on the OCADU website.

Actually, it’d be a good idea to check out that web page anyway because Start Your Professional Practice Now! 2013 is coming up at the end of the month. With two days of presentations from artists, designers, and educators — like Budgeting for Artists & Designers (so you can catch up on what you missed at Money Mondays!), and Alumni Panel: From Classroom to Career — this is a great opportunity to learn from those who’ve been there. So take a well-earned break from studying, and study up on your future!


03 2013

Resumé/CV & Cover Letter Clinic

If you’re thinking of working this summer (or sooner!), then think about the Career Development office, because they’re all about helping OCADU students and grads “develop the skills and knowledge base required to be successful creative professionals” — pretty awesome, right!? And here at the Learning Zone we bring the office to you, in the form of a drop-in resumé clinic!

Resumé/CV Cover Letter Clinic ; OCADU Career Development

From 1 to 4:30pm next Tuesday (26 February), representatives from Career Development and Experiential Learning will be here at the Learning Zone. Stop by with your resumé, CV, and/or your cover letters for immediate, personalized, relevant feedback and advice. Discuss your future career options. Find out what else the Career Development office has to offer. Shake the slush from your boots, and get ready for summer!


02 2013

Money Mondays: 10 Steps to Financial Fitness


CREATive Fund$ (the financial literacy program from Financial Aid & Awards) will be presenting, Do what you love: Free financial planning program for students/grads, every Monday 10 am – 12 pm until April 8, 2013 at the Learning Zone.

This is a free 10-step financial planning program designed to help you get the handle on your money so that you can do what you love. RSVP at


02 2013

Career Services in the Zone

The end of the term is around the corner–do you have your summer job lined up?  Or, better yet, do you have your professional goals and career path mapped out?

Don’t know where to start looking, or what to even look for? Don’t fret! Each and every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3pm until Thursday March 24th in the Learning Zone, Thomas Fairbairn, your friendly neighbourhood career services advisor, is here to talk you through it all–just remember to bring your Student ID card with you. These interactive, one-on-one sessions are for currently enrolled students from all year levels. Students will explore personal and professional career concerns. All year levels are welcomed to the sessions; the sooner we begin these conversations, the more comfortable and competent we will be when it comes time for that next BIG transition . . . from student to young professional.

Those hours no good for you? You can always email Tom Fairbairn at with whatever questions you may have.

There are excellent books for your reference here in the LZ in the Career Resource Area to assist and guide you through all the daunting stages of the job hunt and application process. The Career Resource Collection is divided into the following subjects: Job Search, Materials, Self-Knowledge, and World of Work. From compiling a personal inventory, to pointers on writing resumes and cover letters, to interview etiquette, to thank you letters, and tips on getting a competitive edge on the job market, the LZ has language on it all! But, it does not stop there.  There are pamphlets and brochures from other colleges, universities, and institutions, outlining the various programs of study available for those who have just begin to whet their academic pallet. Come, explore, and be served some invaluable career advice!


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