Through our employment services program and resources, we are able to make connections with our partners/stakeholders to give support services to our students in their various goals during and after completing their studies and ready for employment.
These support services include:
a) Personal Management Guidance
- Appropriate sourcing of community resources and supports
- Life management skills, including budgeting and nutrition
- Goal-setting for work and personal life
- Managing time, money and other resources
b) Career Planning
- Self-assessment of interests, aptitudes and values
- Exploring various career options, pre-requisites and potential for employment
- Goal setting and planning to accomplish goals
- Advice on post-secondary education and occupational training
- Provision of labour market information
- Resume development and writing covering letters
- Referrals to other agencies for further ESL instruction, academic upgrading and educational assessments and qualifications
- Job search techniques
- Interviewing techniques
c) Employment Sustenance
Metropolitan Community College provides “value added” initiatives that offer on-going employment follow-up for all of its program participants. This includes everything from resume updates to telephone messaging, needs assessment, encouragement of peer development, and regular posting of job openings on the Job Board at the campus.
d) Employment Services Database
We have developed a database of services, employment agencies, training institutions and educational facilities in both the Fraser Valley area and the Lower Mainland. Similarly, we have developed a mentoring database, which facilitates the development of support network and additional resources for our pre- and post-employment services.
e) Pre-Employment Services
The pre-employment services are done through job preparation, screening and matching services. Our networking with businesses and social agencies continues to maintain these resources. In addition to these resources, the students may visit this useful link to Internet employment resources.
Connections with external partners/stakeholders to support our students in achieving their employment goals. These partners/stakeholders play active roles a) our program advisory board, b) curriculum guidance, c) providing employment opportunities for our students, d) providing practicum and co-op placement opportunities, e) posting employment opportunities with us, f) providing us with ready access for tours of their facilities (for ESL and paralegal programs), and g) appearing as guest speakers on relevant topics of interest that benefit our students.
f) Post-employment Service
A voluntary post-employment retention monitoring and support services is provided by our employment facilitator. The College works in collaboration with employers in the monitoring process. This requires receiving the consent of individual students in writing who wish to participate in the program during the development of Individual Training Plans, authorizing the employer to release information about employment to the College. This type of monitoring exercise allows for a follow-up with participants and employers so that the College is able to identify participant employee job-related and personal issues, problem-solving strategies between employer and employee and referral of employees by the College to appropriate community resources (e.g. child care, housing, transportation, counselling, transitional benefits, etc), should it become necessary to do so.
g) Employment Synergy and Workshop
Furthermore, these partners/stakeholders whose services are likely to benefit our students (and seed measures that inure to our mutual benefits) during and after program completion are often invited to give a talk on their services to our students. They field questions from students. We have found this to be a very helpful exercise, and indeed successful because:
i) it establishes contact with services for students and helps to unravel any doubt about a particular “next step” initiative for students following graduation;
ii) it provides a seamless line of communication between us and the presenting agency for future progress monitoring of students in employment after leaving our program, and finally
iii) it creates the environment of a “win-win” situation for us all. For us, we will gain from knowing that the student is nearing the completion of his/her program of study and is on the verge of likely finding a job. The partner/stakeholder will gain from on-site evaluation of each student’s skills, suitability and preparedness for employment by their organization. The student will gain because of the exposure to and immediacy for employment made possible by the face-to-face contact with a prospective employer.