Exploring and Interviewing for Careers in Teaching (EICT)


Exploring and Interviewing for Careers in Teaching (EICT) is a collaborative program with Career Education. This program is a 15-hour certificate program composed of:  

  • 12 in-person class hours (including 2 workshops and 2 mock interviews)
  • 3 hours of asynchronous online work

EICT prepares international and new resident graduate students to confidently interview for positions within the education sector. This program will cover how participants can navigate cultural differences during the recruitment process.

EICT incorporates two hands-on workshops where participants will be able to create key documents to include in their applications (resume and mini teaching portfolio). EICT ends the program with two rounds of mock interviews where participants will be able to practice answers to frequently asked interview questions. Ann Ayinde, Career Coach at Career Education will lend her expertise in this program.  


How to interview with confidence, including managing non-verbal cues and articulating strengths and weaknesses; what to include in a teaching portfolio; best practices in resume design.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • identify and prepare for cultural differences in the recruitment process
  • confidently use verbal and non-behaviours to highlight personal strengths and accomplishments
  • respond to common interview questions with ease and confidence
  • compile materials for a mini teaching portfolio
  • prepare a resume conducive to current Canadian recruitment norms and values

What to expect

Classes will run on:

    • Friday, April 14th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
    • Saturday, April 15th from 9:00am to 12:00pm
    • Friday, April 21st from 12:00pm to 3:00pm (Mock interviews for first 16 students)
    • Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00am to 12:00pm (Mock interviews for first 16 students)

For students who register after the first 16 spots, Mock Interview 1 & 2 will be offered the week of April 24th with Sarah.

Program Information

Upcoming Session

No upcoming session is scheduled at present. 


International and new resident graduate students, international postdoctoral scholars


Registration Instructions

Please note: Registration is available for current (must be registered in the term indicated on the "Offer of Admission") international graduate students, new resident students, and postdoctoral scholars only.

Here are the steps to register for EICT once the next offering is available:

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password. 
  2. Go to the Event Calendars section and select the Centre for Teaching and Learning calendar.
  3. Select the Register on Waiting List button. You will receive an automated waitlist confirmation email to your Western email account.
  4. Submit your $20 deposit (cash or cheque only) to the CTL to complete your registration and secure your spot in the program on a first come first serve basis. The CTL is typically open Monday - Friday from 8:30a.m.-12:00p.m and 1:00p.m-4:00p.m. If you are unable to be on-campus, you can mail the deposit by cheque.
  5. If there is a spot for you in the program, you will receive a registration confirmation email to your Western email account after we receive your deposit, which means you are officially registered in the program.

Due to limited enrolment, we are not able to accept everyone who registers on the Wait List. Registration is on a first come first serve basis upon receipt of the $20 deposit. Once the program spots are full, you will remain on the waitlist and will be notified if a spot becomes available. Deposits will be returned upon completion of the program, or if a participant cancels their registration 3 business days prior to the start of the program. If a spot does not become available for you, we encourage you to register for the next offering of EICT (please see the section "Offered" on the EICT webpage below).

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our Registration Help Page for our Cancellation Policy, FAQs and more or contact ctl@uwo.ca.


Typically offered three times per year.

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation

Participants interested in joining EICT must watch the following pre-recorded workshops from Career Education:

Completion Requirements

To complete the program, students must attend all in-person classes and workshops, complete all online asynchronous tasks, and participate in two in-person mock-interview sessions.

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“Some skills that I learned in this workshop: 1) listening to the hidden question being, 2) breaking down the question to answer more deeply, and 3) gaining competence handling challenging questions and how to redirect the answer to show my strengths.”

“The practice interviews are very effective, in the sense, that it provides a rare opportunity for us to study the verbal and non-verbal aspects of the interviewee and the interviewer. The workshop effectively targets specific interview language which I find extremely useful. I've learned ways to articulate my examples to attract the interviewer's attention while not sounding too aggressive or hostile.”