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Graduate Teaching Assistantship

Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA)
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) make an important contribution to the quality of undergraduate education at Western University. GTAs inspire, encourage and guide students who embark on a learning journey in hundreds of programs in our 11 faculties across campus.  They work with students in lectures and tutorials; proctor exams; conduct field trips; prepare materials or set-up required displays or apparatus for classes, tutorials and laboratories; grade essays, assignments, laboratory reports, tutorials and term tests; and answer students’ questions through meetings or office hours.  A GTA acts as a resource and a mentor to students as they grapple with theories in all disciplines, and as they try to decide how they will use the knowledge they learn from them after they graduate.

For a comprehensive list of GTA resources please consult our GTA page.  

Working Outside Your Department

Human Resources
Western offers multiple employment opportunities beyond your department, the majority related to teaching or administrative work in other departments, but also opportunities in organizations across campus including the registrar’s office, food services, residence life, and campus recreation.

Western Career Central
The Student Success Centre (SSC) hosts an online job posting board, which allows you to search for employment opportunities on campus, around London, and across the world.

International Graduate Students
As an international graduate student, it is very likely that working in Canada while studying will not be enough to cover your tuition and living expenses.   It is typical for graduate students to work up to 10 hours per week in paid employment on campus. Although there is no limitation to the number of hours that an international graduate student can work on campus, it is important that your non-program work does not interfere with your academic studies and teaching responsibilities. For more information on working as an international graduate student, please see the SOGS International Graduate Students: Guide to Western University and the IESC website.

Beyond Western

Government of Canada: Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL)
Each year, the Canadian government seeks out students interested in contributing to public service after a proven record of success. These information sessions are offered annually. See CareerCentral for dates.

Career-Related Resources

Career Counselling
Graduate students can meet one-on-one in a confidential and professional environment to discuss career-related concerns including career decision making, career options, and interview preparation. Call 519-661-3559 or book online via CareerCentral.

Mock Interviews – (519)-661-3359
In these one hour, video-captured sessions, practice your interview skills and receive feedback from a Career Counsellor.

Career Workshops
Using CareerCentral, sign up to attend a career workshop on networking, job search and interview strategies, resume and cover letter design, and converting your CV into a Resume. There are also two workshops specifically for international graduate students: job search strategies and understanding Canadian culture and employment. Students are also welcome to request their own topic or presentation.

Western’s Employment Resource Centre (WERC)
The WERC offers e-advice on resumes, cover letters, CVs, and Linkedin profile feedback. Contact werc@uwo.ca for assistance.