2020 MPPGA Co-op Conference: Job Search Skills for the Policy Professions

At this year’s “MPPGA Co-op Conference: Job Search Skills for the Policy Professions”, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs students at UBC participated in a full-day conference aimed at equipping students with the skills and confidence necessary for an effective, strategic job search. Students learned how to enhance their resumes and cover letters, build their personal brand and sharpen their interview skills.

The conference also provided students with an opportunity to practice their newly-honed skills directly with twenty-one policy professionals, including Co-op employers from the private, public, and non-profit sectors, during intimate discussion sessions and a networking reception.

Among others, conference guests included Mandeep Gill (Trade Commissioner with Global Affairs Canada), Caroline Douville (Senior Consultant with Value Creation Services at Deloitte) and Zameena Dadani (Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives at Westcoast Family Centres Society, MPPGA Alumna). These professionals provided valuable insight into the current job market and into what to expect in the job search process. Policy practitioners hold a significant role in our MPPGA program. They support and guide our students during their time at UBC and in their future careers as policy practitioners in diverse sectors around the world.

The MPPGA Co-op Program offers students the opportunity to enrich their classroom learning through practical, paid work experience with valuable community partners. Placements occur during the summer between the 1st and 2nd years of the MPPGA program. Previous work engagements included roles with Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, the Conference Board of Canada, Goldcorp Inc., the City of Richmond, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Find some highlights from the networking reception below: