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Career Advising

Olds College is now working to provide career services for full time students. The services offered are designed to help students prepare for the job search, including resume building tips, interview strategies and more.

Job/Career Search Assistance: Not everyone knows what kind of job or career they want to have. If you need help identifying options, meet with a career advisor for assistance with career decisions, analyzing different options, and additional career resources. Book a one on one career appointment

Networking Tips: Your job search can start with a great handshake. Networking is an important part of job search, but can be intimidating. Learn how networking can help you get a job, both online and in person.

Interview Advice: Prepare for common interview questions, learn about the different types of interviews, what to wear, and how to create your STAR answers.

Cover Letter and Resume Support:  If you need help fine tuning your resume and cover letter, have it reviewed, book an appointment and receive feedback to learn how to make your resume stand out.

OCWorks Careers Centre

OCWorks is designed to help students track their curricular and co-curricular experiences at Olds College of Agriculture & Technology. It also helps employers connect with students for both work-integrated learning opportunities and employment.

Co-Curricular Record

Olds College recognizes that learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom. While a transcript is a record of students’ academic achievements, a Co-Curricular Record is an official document that showcases the skills and competencies learned outside the classroom.

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) Program at Olds College recognizes student experiences and achievements gained through the completion of approved co-curricular activities. Combined with an academic record it provides a comprehensive view of students’ accomplishments at Olds College. Any Olds College employee or SAOC representative can sponsor a CCR activity.

Benefits of having a Co-Curricular Record

  • Complement your portfolio, resume, and/or an application package for employment
  • Proof of campus involvement when applying for awards
  • Supplement an application to other schools when applying for further education

How to Participate

  1. Participate in an eligible activity on campus.  A full list of eligible activities can be found in the CCR Catalogue.
  2. The CCR Program Manager will confirm your participation with your activities sponsors.
    (assessments for certificates will be completed between April 1- May 15).
  3. That’s it! Your application will be verified by your activity sponsor and your document will be issued to you in June.
  • Can experiences from previous years be added to my CCR?

    No, the CCR does not allow activities to be added retroactively from previous academic years.  It is important that students submit their CCR application by May 15 every year that you participate in eligible activities.

    What types of actives are eligible for CCR?

    A full list of eligible activities can be found in the CCR Activity Catalogue.

    However, in general, CCR eligible activities will:

    1. Encourage and support student growth and development
    2. Not be for academic credit
    3. Not be for a wage, through honoraria, awards, scholarships, assistantships or bursaries
    4. Align with more than one official CCR competency (see below)

    Are there any other requirements to have an activity added to my CCR?

    Students are required to complete a minimum of 15-hours or greater for each eligible activity within one academic year. Participation and completion of time requirement will be validated by an activity sponsor.  

    What if my activity occurs during the Spring Term (May - June)?

    Some eligible activities take place after the application window has closed.  In this case, your activity sponsor will notify the Office of the Registrar when you have met the time requirements. The activity will be added to your CCR and your CCR record will be issued the following September.

    What does it mean to have an activity validated?

    Each eligible activity has a sponsor that will verify student participation in the activity and the completion of the required hours.

    What are the CCR competencies?

    • Leadership
    • Collaboration & Teamwork
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving  
    • Building Community
    • Global Citizenship
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Health and Wellness

    What do I do if I've lost my Co-Curricular Record?

    If you have lost your copy of your Co-Curricular Record, you can request a reprint by emailing

    What are Co-Curricular Records used for?

    • Complement your portfolio, resume, and/or an application package for employment
    • Proof of campus involvement when applying for awards
    • Supplement an application to other schools when applying for further education

Work Integrated Learning

Olds College places high value on experiential, hands-on learning. One of the types of experiential learning embraced by Olds College is work integrated learning (WIL); the intersection and engagement of theoretical and practical learning (Cooper, Orrell, and Bowden, 2010).

Olds College adopts the following definition (based on the Co-Operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) definition and the Alberta Post-Secondary Programs (2020) definition):

Work-integrated learning is a model and process of curricular experiential education which formally and intentionally integrates a student’s academic studies within a workplace or practice setting and meets all of the criteria listed below. WIL experiences include an engaged partnership of at least: an academic institution, a host organization (which may be the post-secondary institution), and a student. WIL can be included at the course or program level and includes the development of learning outcomes related to employability, personal agency and life-long learning.

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