Job Openings for Students
The College works together with students to ensure that they are successfully placed in employment. A range of services to make student employment possible are available. Please contact our Employment Services Representative for current job openings gathered from our network of partners/stakeholders to which student are at liberty (and indeed encouraged) to apply. There are also employment resource materials from the Employment Services Representative.
Common Career Myths
Career choices often lead to feelings of anxiety and confusion, especially in difficult economic times. Common career myths make the situation worse. Which of these myths may be affecting your career search? After you have thought about these myths, identify the barriers, which you think you are currently facing.
1. Lifelong commitment
In the past, many people chose a place of employment and stayed there for a lifetime. This type of career path is becoming increasingly infrequent. It is more likely that you will make several moves in your working life.
2. Total fulfillment
During the 1950’s and 60’s, people often started their careers with the goal of finding total fulfillment in work. Many people still believe that this is a great ideal, but they also know it is very difficult to achieve. Fulfillment from work is always something to seek, but the workplace is just one area where this can happen.
3. Guaranteed future
In the past if you got the right education, you could count on finding work after graduation and then staying in that job for life. This is no longer realistic. The best you can do is make educated guesses about future opportunities. There are going to be uncertainties! Beware of the latest bandwagon. Don’t count on everything to stay the same in your work. Rather, discover your interests and abilities. Look for the schooling and work, which most reflect who you are. You will probably do much better with this approach.
4. Selling yourself short
It’s easy to “sell yourself short” by looking at your work or education too narrowly. Today, you must evaluate past experiences and future opportunities in terms of specific skills and attitudes rather than job titles or formal descriptions. Then, you must learn to communicate your strengths to others in meaningful ways.
5. The quick fix
Preparing for work in today’s economy takes serious time and effort. People often hope to find that one course that will give them all they need for that well-paying job. Although it is true that courses can be helpful, you should be realistic about what courses alone can deliver. Your sustained efforts to commit to finding work and in fact keeping it are as important as the courses that prepare you for the job. There is no magical way out of the problem of lack of skills. In today’s labour market, you must consider the need for extended skill training or retraining.
Everything may appear bleak. You may be tempted to give up. The situation may be challenging, but it is not hopeless! The rules have changed, but people are still finding work. People are finding ways of entering key educational programs. They have found new approaches, such as networking, to reach the current labour market. Don’t get trapped into dropping out because you have run into some roadblocks.
7. The all-powerful resume
They say, “You can’t get a job, if you don’t apply; send resumes to every company you can think of.” This advice sounds good, but it probably won’t work. Resumes are still an important part of job search; however, sending out resumes to every company is no longer the most effective way of looking for work. You may put in a lot of effort. You may feel good when you are so busy; however, you may find that all you receive are rejections, or more often no response at all. These rejections can be very discouraging. It is better to be focused. Spend time meeting people and researching your options. Go after the most promising opportunities.
8. The all-knowing specialist
It is easy to turn over responsibility for making decisions to specialists, such as counsellors. Even though they can provide some help, you are still the best person to evaluate the options before you. Ask questions and seek information from more than one source. Trust yourself! You are the one who is going to live with the consequences of your decisions.
9. The “free lunch”
There are some experiences in life that seem boring or meaningless. You still have to work through these situations and make the best of them. The same principle applies when making career decisions. There are no “FREE LUNCHES”. To reach your dreams you may have to put effort into activities that may seem uninteresting or too slow, eg. self-assessment, researching companies.