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Talk to a Career Counsellor

How to Access Career Counselling Services

STEP 1: Which service are you eligible for?

  • If you are a current student in a degree, diploma or certificate program, or a graduate of those programs, continue to Step 2 (below).
  • If you are a future student  in a degree, diploma or certificate program you can consult with the Recruitment department's Career Advisor once you have completed the Idea Generator online tool.
STEP 2: Current Students/Grads - is this the type of assistance you need? See list below. If not, try our Employment Consultants.
  • Career testing & assessment.
  • Exploring career options, finding direction.
  • Research & evaluation of career alternatives, setting career goals.
  • Labour market information, outlooks & future trends.
  • Planning further education (university, college programs, transfer agreements, apprenticeships, etc.). 
STEP 3: Should you book an appointment or come to the drop-in?
  • Drop-ins are typically 5–10 minute interactions and intended for brief questions and/or follow-ups to previous meetings.
  • Drop-in times may be limited when others are waiting. If your inquiry cannot be handled in that time you will be referred to book an appointment.
  • Initial appointments are usually 30 min. Your Counsellor may also recommend follow-up sessions(s) for further consultation, career testing, etc.
FALL 2017

Davis (B230)

HMC (A265)

Trafalgar (D103)

Daily Drop-Ins      appointments only this semester
appointments only this semester

Mon-Fri 11:30-12:30 (D103)

Appointments Available

Mon-thru-Thu full day

Friday mornings

How To Book an Appointment

call x5400 or visit B230

call x2528 or visit Centre for Student Success call x2533 or visit D103


Services may be limited or unavailable during break weeks (classes are not in session).

  • Appointments may only be booked by the client who it is for, in person or by phone (not email).
  • You may access Career Counsellor services at any campus, regardless of where you attend classes.
  • If you are more than 10 minutes late for a booked appointment, your time may be reassigned for other people or purposes.

Meet the Counsellors in Career Services

Lydia Novak, B.A., M.Ed. - Counsellor - Trafalgar campus

Lydia has over 14 years of experience working in the post-secondary sector where she has helped students from all stages of the student lifespan. Her experience is complemented with an Honour’s degree in Psychology, with a Minor in Legal Studies (University of Waterloo) and a Masters of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto (OISE). She has also professionally published in the International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance on topics she is knowledgeable and passionate about: career transitions, and the life-career journey.

Lydia takes a holistic approach to career development. She works collaboratively with students using a solution-focused, strengths-based approach to help them better understand their personality, interests, values, strengths and skills. Lydia is a firm believer that when self-knowledge is combined with information about the world of work and the labour market, students can better explore career options, make informed decisions about their career, goal-set, and make educational plans. Lydia is trained and certified to administer and interpret the Strong Interest Inventory (SII). When not at work, she enjoys hiking, travel, scuba diving and is the proud parent of a wiener dog, named Chili Dog

Phone extension 2538 Email Lydia Note: Professional consultation is *not* available via email. Please attend in person for career counselling and educational planning services.


Judith MacKinnon, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.A., M.Ed., C.C.C. - Counsellor - Davis campus

Judith has been a counsellor with the Career Education team for over fifteen years. During this time she has had the privilege of working with thousands of students in the process of making important career and educational transitions in their lives. Judith uses a strengths approach to counselling combined with solution -focussed goal setting strategies. She believes in developing the “leader within”, and uses self- awareness and career testing to find the best fit for educational programs and for providing ongoing career and student development strategies. 
Prior to Sheridan, Judith has had the unique experience of working in a number of provinces across Canada. She has worked with all age groups: from elementary, junior and senior high school counsellor and teacher to Adult Education instructor and workshop facilitator.
During her career at Sheridan, Judith has had the opportunity to initiate and develop a wide variety of college projects: Further Education Fairs, Peer Mentor leadership training and program coordinating, Sherababa Multicultural Festival, the Duke of Edinburg programme, and  Sheridan Davis Bruins Toastmasters Club to name but a few highlights. Judith has presented at both provincial and national conferences as well as completed volunteer work in Ecuador with the Sheridan Community Development students. She is a fitness and wellness advocate and has completed several full and half marathons.
Judith is trained and certified  to administer and interpret a variety of psychometric instruments including: the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI),  the Strong Interest Inventory® (SII) and Strengthsfinder; is a Personality Dimensions  workshop facilitator; and is a certified counsellor with CCPA, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
She is a national executive member of the CCPA Career Chapter as well as committee member of the national Canada Career Month planning team.  Most recently, Judith returned to graduate studies, achieving an M.A. in Critical Disability Studies focussing on Disability, Human Rights, Law,  and Social Justice Issues.

 Phone extension 5191 Email Judith  Note: Professional consultation is *not* available via email. Please attend in person for career counselling and educational planning services.


Maria Kapakos, B.A., M.Ed. - Counsellor - Hazel McCallion campus

Maria Kapakos - CounsellorMaria has over 15 years of career counselling experience working with college and university students and adults in career transition on issues related to educational planning, career exploration and career decision making. Having worked in a variety of post-secondary environments, Maria has a strong background in understanding the academic and learning needs of a diverse student population and is effective in helping students create academic plans, while maintaining a focus on their longer term career goals. She has assisted students in selecting academic paths, in preparing applications for further education for both Canadian and international programs, in learning about and conducting labour market research and in exploring their career options. Maria holds a Master of Education degree in Counselling Psychology from OISE/UT, and is trained and certified to administer and interpret a variety of career assessment tools including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI) and the Strong Interest Inventory® (SII). In addition to providing individual educational planning and career counselling support, she also is experienced in leading group workshops on academic decision making, career exploration and personality assessment, and has attended and presented at various Canadian career development conferences. Maria is very passionate about helping students achieve their academic, career and life goals and supporting them in making informed career decisions.

Phone extension 2817 Email Maria Note: Professional consultation is *not* available via email. Please attend in person for career counselling and educational planning services.