Be future-ready for your career
It’s never too early to think about graduation and start job hunting. Before that happens, you need to be prepared and have the knowledge and skills sought out by employers. Planning for your career has already started as you train at Centennial. Make use of the resources at the college and be productive of your time as a student. There are plenty of ways to prepare for your career:
Narrow down your choices
Think about the job positions, companies or industries you would like to work in one day. Research and learn more about them. Go a step further and target an individual working in that area, and ask for an informational interview. Learn the inside scoop on the industry, company, or position and get a professional perspective. Furthermore, attend a networking event for that industry. Centennial offers plenty of educational workshops and symposiums where students and career professionals meet to learn about current industry trends.
Whether you have a work placement built into your program or not, volunteering in a position in your career field can still be beneficial. Look for volunteer positions that will help with your personal and professional development. Also, look for organizations and industries that you may want to work in one day. By gaining relevant work experience and working in the industry as a volunteer, you are gaining the skills and experience required by potential employers. Additionally, you are connecting with people at the volunteer organization, who may be of value to you in the future. Centennial hosts a volunteer fair which brings a host of organizations who are looking for volunteers.
Be on a constant lookout
Perhaps you have different expectations of certain job titles or industry. Learning more about them is the first step, but acting like a jobseeker will familiarize you even further. By looking at what is available in the market and reading the job descriptions, you will realize the type of job positions and industries you might like. Take note of the knowledge, skills, and experience required for those positions and make sure you attain as much as you can before graduating. Always check out job postings, so you can be ahead of the game. Centennial has career classes targeted for each program. It also has the Career Services and Co-operative Education Department which hosts many career workshops and career fairs to help you explore life beyond college.
Graduates and students seeking self-improvement, career advice, and job positions can find events by Career Services, including their Job Search Workshops, Employers On Campus, and Career Fairs. Here are the upcoming events:
• RCMP on Campus: Police Foundations students and others interested in a career with the RCMP are invited on April 2, 2014 for a career presentation. Register for the event, which will take place at Progress campus, A1-83 from 4:30 to 8:30 pm.
• Ledcor Group of Companies Info Session: Targeted to SETAS graduating students (in the Electrical Engineering Technician or Electrician: Construction and Maintenance - Electrical Engineering Technician programs), Ledcor is offering a new grad opportunity in Alberta and British Columbia. Ledcor will introduce its business and take your resumes, so dress professionally and bring your portfolio. The event will take place on April 2, 2014 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm at Progress campus, room E2-12. The job posting is live at Centennial's online job board, HireCentennial.
• Monthly Job Search Workshops: Resumes, cover letters, the job search process, and interview skills will be the topics for this next session. It will be held on April 9, 2014 from 12:30-2:30 pm at Morningside campus in room 116.
• School to Work Job Search Workshops for Graduates: The application, job search, and interview processes will be discussed, as well as workplace professionalism. There are two spring sessions: (1) May 1, 2014 at Ashtonbee campus, room A-210 from 10 am to 3 pm, and (2) May 6, 2014 at Morningside campus, room 114 from 10 am to 3 pm.
• Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF): Students ages 18-39 are welcome to learn about starting their own business and the entrepreneurial process. Join CYBF at Progress campus, room C2-10 from 11am-3pm on April 9 and June 4, 2014.
By attending the services and events that Centennial offers, you’re maximizing your college life. Make the most of your time as a student and gain some experience before entering the job market. Network with professionals and industry experts through school events, and connect with your peers since they will be valuable connections in the future.