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Cindy Schooley, Career Development Advisor, Faculty of Social Sciences

New: Career Advising Now Available

Appointments can now be booked with the new Social Sciences Career Development Advisor

Feb 10, 2022

Social Sciences undergraduate students can now book appointments for Career Advising. A new appointment type has been created alongside existing Academic Advising meetings as a part of the student services available in the Faculty.

To expand these services, the Faculty has welcomed its first specialized Career Development Advisor. Cindy Schooley, a certified career development professional, joined the Careers & Experiential Education team in January in a role dedicated to undergraduate career development.

Cindy comes to Social Sciences with 20 years of experience supporting students in their career development journey. She began as a Career Advisor at McMaster’s Student Success Centre before moving to Social Sciences as the SOC SCI 2EL0 career course instructor for nine years. After a period of independent entrepreneurship including facilitating workshops for international students at York University, she returns to McMaster in a newly designed role.

As a graduate from Social Sciences, specifically from Sociology, Cindy knows first-hand the frustration when family and friends ask, 'What are you going to do with a Social Science degree?'. Fortunately, there are good answers. "Social Science students have so much to offer employers," says Cindy. "My goal has always been to show our students the abundance of skills they achieve from their degree, and the confidence and knowledge on how to articulate those skills in all facets of the career development process.”

The Careers & Experiential Education team operates within the Office of the Associate Dean Academic, located in Kenneth Taylor Hall 129. The team offers Soc Sci students a unique approach to learning within the classroom and community engagement through a multitude of initiatives including career placements, internships, and career development exploration. Says Cindy: “I am proud to re-join the CEE team because we provide such enriching opportunities for our students – opportunities I wish I had as an undergrad student trying to navigate my career future.”

Do you have career questions? Cindy is excited to see you!

Topics for Career Advising include exploring career options, job search inquiries like resume and cover letter critiques, further education inquiries, and more.

As always, Academic Advising is available for course- and program-related topics such as adding courses, changing programs, meeting prerequisites, and academic problem-solving.

You can use the Social Sciences Booking System, available on the Current Students website, to book an appointment.