Thursday, September 10, 2015

Earn while you learn at Douglas College

Whether you’re looking to find work while you’re going to school or searching for a job related to your studies after you graduate, Douglas College has the resources you need.

Both the Student Employment Centre and Co-operative Education help students earn while they learn by placing students with job opportunities that can lead to careers related to their studies.

Co-operative Education (Co-op) combines academic studies with related work experience. After completing the first half of a diploma, degree or university transfer program, eligible Co-op students alternate semesters of classroom studies with semesters of paid, full-time employment.

The Co-ops provide students with the opportunity to network and make connections with members in their field of interest, opening the doors for future work. For more information, attend one of Co-ops information sessions this month.

The Student Employment Centre provides a wealth of resources for current students and alumni who are searching for work experience or offsite volunteer opportunities. The Centre, which was established two years ago, is the on-campus office for any job-search related needs for students, including those who have graduated and are looking to transition into a career focusing on their area of study, or those who need part-time work while they’re going through school.

With offices at both campus, SEC offers both in-person services as well as online resources for assistance with resumes, cover letters, interview preparation and job-search techniques, to name a few. There are dedicated drop-in hours, weekly workshops and online services including resume review, job coaching, and webinars. One of the SEC’s most-popular resources is the online job board, which allows employers to connect with students for free. Posted positions vary from paid full-time and part-time, to seasonal, volunteer and temporary.

In collaboration with Co-op and the Alumni office, SEC will also brings employer-related events to campus including the much-anticipated Career Fair slated for March, Monthly Employer Panels, and a new-initiative this Fall that will allow employers to set up a table on campus for recruitment purposes.

For more information about Co-op, contact Lianne Johnston at 604 527 5769 and for information on SEC, contact Barb Kojder at 604 527 5890.