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.
Student Employment and Career Centre
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.
Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)
The global COVID-19 pandemic has created economic and social challenges for post-secondary students and recent graduates, and notable disruptions to the essential community services provided by not-for-profit organizations.
In response, the Government of Canada has created the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) to provide post-secondary students and recent graduates with volunteer opportunities to help with the response to COVID-19 at Canadian not-for-profit organizations.
Once you’ve completed your volunteer time (100 hours minimum), you can apply for the CSSG of $1000-$5000, which is based on your amount of volunteer hours.
Application deadline is August 21, 2020
Visit iwanttohelp.org or call 1 (833) 521-0117 to learn more.
Frequently asked questions
- 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
Provincial government resources, supports and updates
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland & Labrador
- North West Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Federal government resources, supports and updates
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.
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.