Sept. 20, 2023

Career Services and Leadership and Student Engagement offices merge to create Centre for Career and Personal Development

Shared goal to create outstanding student experiences
Centre for Career & Personal Development

A shared goal of providing students with exemplary support and guidance has brought two University of Calgary offices together to create the Centre for Career and Personal Development (CCPD).  

The Career Services (CS) and Leadership and Student Engagement (LSE) offices are now together as one office working to bridge a critical gap between career and personal development. 

“By bringing together the fantastic work happening in both offices, we are set to create a transformative student experience that goes beyond what we’ve achieved individually,” says Shawna Bava, MSW’09, director of CCPD. 

There are four interconnected programming areas that guide CCPD’s work: 

  • Career education

  • Leadership development 

  • Life design 

  • Student life 

“This merger will help UCalgary achieve postgraduate employment targets as well as the university’s Ahead of Tomorrow strategic plan,” says Bava. 

How students can benefit from CCPD

CCPD is opening pathways for career preparedness for students through unique programs, work experiences and workshops. Advisers provide guidance for students to find ways that enhance or strengthen their skills and unique talents. Students experiencing roadblocks when articulating skills and accomplishments can also connect with advisers for support. From large-scale career fairs to intimate campfire chats, students can expect to find a variety of offerings through CCPD that fit their specific needs or style.


CCPD is in the same space that Career Services previously occupied, MacEwan Student Centre (MSC) 188, across from the Life Design Hub

Hours of operation

CCPD is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students can book advising appointments through Elevate that better meet their needs or stop by during drop-in hours. 

The campus community is advised that any references to the Career Services or Leadership and Student Engagement offices be replaced with the Centre for Career and Personal Development. 

For any questions or inquiries, please connect with the CCPD team at  

Learn more about CCPD.

The Centre for Career and Personal Development helps students have an outstanding student experience that enhances their career and personal journey. The CCPD’s vision is to inspire students to become the best versions of themselves throughout their university experience and beyond. Through its events and services offerings, students can develop meaningful relationships with community partners and employers in leading industries.

Mission: We provide exceptional support and resources to students as they navigate their career and personal journeys. We are committed to fostering a collaborative and student-centred environment that promotes exploration, self-reflection, and skill development. Through our comprehensive services, we help students further develop their talents and thrive as confident individuals in their future endeavours.

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