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Monthly Archives: April 2011

#66: Josh Welz – Provide events that bridge the gap between students and employers

“Emphasize the importance of networking – not just talking with prospective employers, but researching and engaging in valuable conversations.” —Josh Welz, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Political Science, University of Alberta I completed my first degree (BA in Psychology, Political Science) from the University of Alberta in the summer of 2007. Immediately after, I left for EuropeRead More »

#66: Bo Liu – Test students’ abilities through volunteer trial periods

“I think schools need to have more co-op education programs for students. If they can’t afford that, what about a practicum? We need hands-on experience.” —Bo Liu, Bachelor of Mathematics, University of Waterloo I started volunteering at the Cambridge Community Innovation Center when I was close to graduating from school as a budgeting analyst. Soon,Read More »

#65: Gabrielle Ried – Grads shouldn’t need years of experience for entry level jobs

“Experience is important, but so is my education. If I have just left university, how could I have three years experience for a position?” —Gabrielle Ried, Bachelor of Arts, Geography and Sociology, Mount Allison University I’m a recent graduate (actually, I’m graduating in a few weeks) and I have been hunting since October. It isRead More »

#64: Sonia Palta – Schools need to give students more hands-on experience

I recently finished my first degree: a Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science and sociology. I am now back at school for a business administration degree. My frustration you ask? I can’t find a job! Seems like every interview I go to, I never get the job! I’ve decided to work onRead More »

#63: Beau Sangassapaviriya – Encourage students to pursue careers off the beaten path

“I would suggest that career centres broaden their students’ opportunities by encouraging them to go abroad, to question their passions, and to gain more life experiences before settling in to a permanent job.” —Beau Sangassapaviriya, Bachelor of Commerce, University of Toronto Like most students, I had always felt that I wanted to be able toRead More »

#61: Michelle Collins – Hire candidates through your hiring process instead of through friends or family

“I recommend that employers look at the individual, their marks coming out of college or university and what they are able to contribute to the company instead of perhaps always accepting applications from employees’ friends or family members.” —Michelle Collins, Social Service Worker Program, Sheridan College I graduated with honours from the social service workerRead More »

#60: Karthik Rallapalli – Employers should value the general knowledge of students and new grads

“Why can’t employers check new graduates’ capability in general and then provide new grads proper guidance on the technology that is needed for the particular position they are hiring for?” —Karthik Rallapalli, Computer Science, Centennial College I am a computer science graduate and currently studying for an advanced diploma at Centennial College. I’m doing aRead More »

Student Voice in Metro: Kate MacKenzie

Today Acadia University student Kate MacKenzie’s Student Voice story (originally published here Mar. 21, 2011) appeared in Metro newspapers across Canada. Not only did her big-city ideas land her a summer internship, but they also landed her in a national newspaper, hopefully further raising the profile of Wolfville, N.S., Acadia University, and its students. Congrats,Read More »

#59: Samantha Sim – Encourage students to search for careers outside their major

“Encourage students to look beyond their program for internships or jobs. If one faculty is running a job fair, encourage students of all faculties to check it out.” —Samantha Sim, Journalism, Ryerson University Trying to get a summer internship can be a daunting task for university and college students. I’ve been actively looking for anRead More »

#58: Matthew Haddad – Students appreciate open lines of communication with employers

Matthew Haddad is an Arts and Contemporary Studies student at Ryerson University. He works as a student ambassador. He landed the job through the traditional application and resume process, but the employer offered further support via email, answering any questions he had. They also allowed Mathew to showcase his abilities through his volunteer experience.

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