While most students spend their summers working, Career Services spends their summers finding more strategies to enhance students’ engagement within the career world.
In May 2013, the Career Services blog (brockcareerservices.com) was recognized as one of the top career services web sites by Human Resources professional Jennifer Miller-Merrell on the web site Blogging for Jobs. In a post entitled “10 simply awesome college and university career services blogs”, Miller-Merrell recognized Brock’s Career services as one of the only Canadian Universities on the list, brushing elbows with other institutions like Harvard and Dartmouth University. “You can tell that the team at Brock cares about their students population which makes for an engaged employer population and well-prepared college grads” wrote Miller-Merrell on her site.
Kara Renaud, Resource Coordinator and Faculty Liaison at Career Services has had a busy summer with her team as they work to make the students more equipped for the working world. “Every spring and summer we have a look at how our services and programming went the previous year and we look towards improving and enhancing our student offerings.”
Career Services is located at the Matheson Learning Commons, but Renaud understands that sometimes students do not have the time to come in and physically interact with the staff. So, more emphasis is being put towards developing an online resource centre, where the team has been working to compile and categorize resources based on topics or subject matter through PDF versions that can be downloaded and accessed from home.
Some of these offerings are focused around degree-specific posts and tools. The degree exploration guides found on the Career Services website allow students to get a better understanding of what they can do with their degree.
“We collaborate with faculties to ensure everyone is on the same page when informing students about career possibilities they could pursue after graduation,” said Renaud.
These guides also post links to job search sites, volunteer and exchange programs and professional associations. Two new degree exploration resources coming this fall are for the Adult Education and the History of Art and Visual Culture programs.
Another update for the 2013-2014 year is the expansion of online resources and information on Career Zone, which is a one stop online resource for job postings, upcoming events, and workshops. New this year is an online workshop on Curriculum Vitae writing.
Upcoming events for Career Services include the Volunteer Fest, happening on September 12 in Guernsey market from 10:00am-12:00pm, which allows students to find more ways to volunteer throughout the year. Also back by popular demand is the Shop for Jobs event that takes place on September 17 in the Pen Centre. This event allows students to bring in resumes and potentially interview for various retailors.