Undergrad Hive

Undergrad Hive

Are you:

  • Feeling a bit lost?
  • Curious about future career options?
  • Interested in working in a group and having fun while reflecting on your career path and next steps?

The Undergraduate Hive is a four-part career exploration program that draws heavily on design thinking principles to give you a better understanding of yourself, your options and available resources to help you in the process.

Participants will complete two vocational tests, the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, and the Strong Interest Inventory, and learn to identify their skills, interests, and values. The workshop curriculum will also include hands-on experiential learning opportunities, and self-reflection activities.

The Undergraduate Hive is open to McGill undergraduate students from all disciplines and recent (up to one year) Bachelor’s degree alumni.

See below for registration details.


Schedule - Winter 2020

January Session February Session March Session
Tuesdays: Jan 14, 21, 28 and Feb 4 Wednesdays: Feb 5, 12, 19, 26 Mondays: Mar 16, 23, 30 and Apr 6
Time: 14h00-16h00 Time: 14h00-16h00 Time: 11h00-13h00
Room: Brown 3001 Room: Brown 3001 Room: Brown 5001

Design thinking: a good way to approach doing something brand new

Career exploration and career building is a long process. Sometimes you want more information and options, sometimes you want less info, and really want to dig deep and test out your options. Sometimes you want to brainstorm on your own, and other times, you want feedback and input from people with different experiences. Sometimes you may feel free to ideate and come up with creative ideas, and in others, you might feel stuck.

Design thinking, a set of principles, approaches, and tools used by designers to deal with frustrating, constantly evolving, or even unsolvable problems, can.

Designers have a host of tools to help them get “unstuck.” In the Undergrad Hive we will be working “like designers” in a closed group of your peers to:

  • reframe dysfunctional beliefs about career paths
  • free up your mind to articulate your wildest life dreams and take them all seriously
  • be curious and build strategies for exploring opportunities
  • brainstorm for ways to try out and prototype careers
  • collaborate: create community with other undergraduate students who are all trying to do the same thing – to design a life that makes them happy

One of the most important threads of the four-session program is collecting clues: we will be working together, individually and in our groups, to explore career paths and ourselves. Throughout the Undergrad Hive, we will be collecting clues about our personality, skills, interests, and values: all essential components of life design and career exploration.

For more, check out Bill Burnett’s Designing your Life Ted Talk on the course he teaches at the Stanford School of Design.


To register for Undergrad Hive Sessions:

Registering for the Undergrad Hive program includes FOUR mandatory workshops.

Initial registration for the Undergrad Hive program can be done online through myFuture. Following the first workshop, participants will need to visit the CaPS office in person to pay the administrative fee for the two vocational tests ($50.00 + tax) and receive the link to complete the tests. Please be aware that payments can only be made via credit card or debit.

For further information do not hesitate to call CaPS at 514-398-3304 or email Jan Bottomer jan.bottomer [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Undergrad%20Hive)

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