Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Earn while you learn at Douglas College with SEC and Co-op

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 student with job opportunities that can lead to careers related to their studies, including Douglas alum Iain McHugh, who received a permanent position with the Vancouver Whitecaps following his Co-op with the organization.

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 to volunteer.

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, as well as online resources, SEC provides assistance with resumes, cover letters, interview preparation and job-search techniques.

One of the SEC’s most-popular resources is the online job board, which allows employers to connect with students for free. Positions vary from paid full-time and part-time, to seasonal, volunteer and temporary.

SEC offers dedicated drop-in hours, weekly workshops and online services, including webinars. This year, as a collaborated effort with Co-op, SEC and Alumni and Student Relations Co-ordinator, Andrew Senjack, the College will also bring employer-related events to campus – including the much-anticipated Career Exploration Fair slated for March, Monthly Employer Panels, and a new-initiative that allows 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.