New Employee Orientation

Growth and Development Opportunities

Developing People

Committed to developing people, McMaster University inspires critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for lifelong learning. Training, professional development, and career growth are valued components in our workplace culture.

  • Employment and Career Growth Opportunities - Employment opportunities are posted weekly on the Working at McMaster web site.  The Career Growth Opportunity program enables employees to move temporarily into a short-term assignment on campus and have their permanent position held for their return. Employees are encouraged to take such opportunities to enhance career development.

  • Guidelines for Career Growth eligibility can be found at, or in your collective agreement (if applicable).

Employee Career Services

Employee Career Services is dedicated to assisting employees in their self-development by providing guidance in career planning, competing for employment opportunities at McMaster University, and planning for professional development. The programs available to assist employees include: 

  • Career Management Strategies – Self-Assessment, Gathering Resources, Choosing Options, Activating Plans
  • Education / training decision making and planning
  • Resume development and critiquing
  • Cover letter writing
  • Interview preparation and coaching
  • Self-marketing and networking
  • Personality & work style assessments
  • Portfolio Development

Corporate Training Strategies

McMaster is committed to the lifelong learning, career growth and professional development of employees. A suite of programs are available to not only assist people in their current roles, but to help them realize their career dreams and aspirations at the University.

  • Life-Cycle and Pre-Retirement Planning - Pre-Retirement Workshops encourage McMaster University employees to concentrate on personal planning for the future. Life-Cycle planning embraces a holistic approach to building a life-long financial plan to reach retirement years with dignity and peace of mind.
  • Computer Training Workshops – Offers workshops to McMaster employees in many commonly used software applications.

Inspiring from Within

The annual ‘Inspiring from Within’ conference offers all McMaster University employees the opportunity for professional and personal growth. The conference is always an inspirational day with outstanding speakers and sessions on a wide variety of topics. Themes in recent years have included career planning, mind potential, revitalization, healthy lifestyles and stress management. It is so popular it typically sells out within hours through online registration.