Professional Perspective: Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 1

January 11, 2018 • Written by
Welcome to a Directions Conference edition of Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment-related topics!

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.


Zain Ali, Human Resource Manager at Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd. is back with more of his professional perspective. Zain’s professional perspective comes from an accumulation of his personal experience as an international student and his professional work experience within various industries, and now as a Human Resource Manager.

Read on for part one of Zain’s insight on making the most out of networking events in preparation for the Directions Conference!

Today’s question:

What should students do to prepare for networking events like the Directions Conference?

Zain’s Professional Perspective

I was honoured and privileged to be an industry representative at the Directions Conference last year – where students would meet industry professionals from all walks of the business and service world, including my area of expertise in human resources.

It was a great event! I enjoyed giving tips on how to ace an interview, and some students left a remarkable first impression in asking questions about the industry AND how to be successful in one. All the potential that filled the room showed how well instructors trained Red River College students for the real world.

Connecting with the students at the Directions Conference is an experience I will not forget, and I look forward to participating in this event again this year. Networking events, as I mentioned in the blog post Professional Perspective: What you know vs. who you know, has its benefits in the long run. For this reason, I highly recommend the Directions Conference to anyone who is exploring different careers, as well as those who may already be well connected in their chosen career paths.

And to assist you in making the most out of networking events, today I am covering a few things to help you prepare for this learning experience. As a Human Resource professional, I have experience in a variety of sectors and industries, and I would recommend the following practices to impress career leaders at networking events:

Network with a purpose

Ask yourself, why are you attending this event? What do you hope to achieve from it? Is it to meet a specific future employer or just to get to know people? Whatever it is, you need to identify your purpose as it will help you shape your mindset about the event.

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Research the career leaders and organizations attending the event. You do not need to remember the whole guest list, but identify the key attendees with whom you should build professional relationships with. You might not have enough time to meet everyone, so plan your day accordingly.

Prepare your questions

Industry professionals appreciate the opportunity to share their expertise with those who ask great questions. Who doesn’t like to talk about themselves, right? With the information about the career leaders and the companies you obtained from your research, you may ask questions to further understand their role, the company’s goals, what a typical day looks like, and why they picked the careers they are in.

When you ask these questions, I am about 110% positive that the industry professionals will ask you questions in return. They would want to know about you too, so be prepared for their questions as well. Here’s how you ace that interaction:

  • Create an elevator pitch. This is roughly 20 to 30 seconds long self introduction, which could include the program you are taking, the reason you picked that program, and your goals and aspirations. This will give each industry expert an idea whether you are on the right track and what form of guidance you might need moving forward.
  • Take notes. You might be meeting with a variety of professionals, so your notes will help you keep track of who said what during the event. You can then use this information when you are following up with them, or maybe interviewing for a position with their company. You could be sitting with your future employer!
  • Have a business card ready. This will help you stand out and make a lasting impression – in addition to being prepared because you read this post!

Show up

Networking events may or may not come with employment opportunities. But for the sake of making a good impression, picture you could land your dream job at the event. How do you want the industry professionals to perceive you?

Personal hygiene and being well groomed is always complimented. Easy going colours are mostly preferred, light/dark blue, grey, black, white – not shocking pink, neon green, or rainbow coloured pants. Try to match the aura of the workplace to blend in with the rest of the work team.

Arrive early and stay calm – networking events may get you all nervous. You don’t want to ruin your chances with a potential employer, but hey, the industry professionals recognize that you are a student and want to learn, so try to relax. Enjoy the day. Do not rush. Do not be pushy. Slow and steady wins the race!

I believe these are a few best practices for getting ready for a networking event. Once you have all of these down to a tee, networking will be a walk in the park for you.

Stay tuned for the next post on how to behave at a networking event!


Zain will be participating in the 2018 Directions Conference and you can connect with him during the Roundtable Networking Event.

Directions Conference will be held on February 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more info, visit DirectionsConference.ca


To read past editions, click here:
Professional Perspective – What employers are really thinking

For additional employment resources, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

Employer on-Campus: IT students, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada wants to meet you!

January 8, 2018 • Written by
Calling all students from Business Information Technology, Business Technology Management and Network Services Technician programs interested in a career within Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to an information session!

Do you want a career in the federal government that has great benefits and a variety of future possibilities? If yes, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada has a job opportunity for you! Join our team to:

  • Enjoy an inclusive work environment that encourages work-life balance
  • Receive competitive pay, compensation benefits and a pension plan
  • Be part of a supportive and encouraging learning environment

Attend the information session to learn about potential opportunities as IT Support Technicians, Analysts, and Programmers.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
P107 – CGA Manitoba Room
Exchange District Campus
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

If you are interested in attending the information session, please register online at:
https://teamsites.rrc.ca/ses

Deadline for registration: January 16, 2018

If you have difficulty registering, have accessibility questions or accommodation requests, contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca

What’s love got to do with it? Getting started on being active

January 5, 2018 • Written by

For many people exercise presents a special set of challenges. Here’s a realistic guide for getting started and not getting discouraged.

What’s love got to do with it? When it comes to fitness, in the end, love is all that matters. Exercising in public when you’re out of shape can be an emotionally bruising experience. Huffing and puffing to keep up, you feel inadequate and self-conscious, hating every moment you spend on the treadmill or pacing the track maybe you’re trying to tell yourself something.       Read More →

Are you ready for the RRC Career Fair?

January 5, 2018 • Written by

You keep hearing about the RRC 2018 Career Fair happening on January 24th and 25th and everyone says you should attend. But what are you supposed to do at a career fair?

Attend a Career Fair: Strategies and Tips Information Session to find out how to prepare for and what to expect at career fairs. Learn how to plan a strategy for the most effective and efficient use of your time, how to approach employers with an introduction that makes a good impression, and how to follow-up after the fair.

Exchange District Campus

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
P107, CGA Manitoba Room

Notre Dame Campus

Thursday, January 18, 2018
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Orange Lecture Theatre, GM44

Can’t make it in person?
Watch the full session online at http://blogs.rrc.ca/etv/streaming/

Register for one of the sessions at https://teamsites.rrc.ca/ses

If you have difficulty registering, have accessibility questions or accommodation requests, contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

Congratulations to another Directions Conference 2018 early bird prize winner!

January 2, 2018 • Written by

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.

Check out the conference breakout sessions featuring industry experts set to tackle topics related to human resources, finance, accounting, marketing and entrepreneurship.

The perks of registering now for the 2018 Directions Conference? The earlier you register, the greater your chance to win one or more of the Early Bird prizes!

Speaking of Early Bird prizes, congratulations to Hiroko Suzuki, winner of the $250 Polo Park gift card prize!

See below for Early Bird deadlines and prizes still up for the taking:

Friday, January 12th:
$50 Tavern gift card and 2 Moose tickets

Friday, January 19th:
$150 Polo Park gift card

Friday, January 26th:
$50 Tavern gift card and 2 Moose tickets

To register for the event, click here: 2018 Directions Conference

You can apply for a bursary for the fees to the Directions Conference. Fill out this Applications for Awards form and Directions Application form, and take them to Student Services before January 27, 2018.

For more information, visit DirectionsConference.ca.


Directions Conference will be held on February 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more information, visit DirectionsConference.ca


Student Employment Services offers a wide range of employment services, including assistance with networking, job search, cover letters, resumes and interviews, and hosting employer on-campus events. For additional information, contact Student Employment Services at jobcentre@rrc.ca or 204.632.2463.

Career Cafe: Career tips served with a side of snacks!

December 29, 2017 • Written by

Visit the RRC Career Cafe for assistance in your transition from College to Career!

Join us for coffee, cookies and popcorn, and ask us questions related to your job search.

Exchange District Campus – The Roblin Centre
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
P107 – 160 Princess Street

Notre Dame Campus
Thursday, January 11, 2018
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Cave Lounge – 2055 Notre Dame Avenue

Chat with your hosts about resumes, cover letters, interviews, managing interview anxiety, self-care in the workplace, student work permits, communicating your needs in the workplace, excelling in the workplace and English at work.

Need a new LinkedIn profile photo? No problem – we will have a professional photographer on site to provide you with a free professional headshot.

This is also a great opportunity to prepare for the 2018 RRC Career Fair, January 24th and 25th.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

 

Happy 2018, RRC students!

December 29, 2017 • Written by

Welcome back! As we transition from 2017 to 2018, RRC already has great things lined up to help you transition from College to Career.

Career Café 2018

Visit the Career Cafes on January 9th (EDC – The Roblin Centre) and January 11th (NDC – The Cave Lounge) for free career tips and snacks! Click here for more information: Career Café

Career Fair Preparation Sessions

Attend one of the Career Fair Preparation Sessions to get ready for this year’s career fairs, including the upcoming RRC Career Fair 2018. Sign up for the sessions here: Career Fair Preparation Sessions

RRC Career Fair 2018

Connect with employers and industry experts at the RRC Career Fair on January 24th (NDC) and January 25th (EDC). Click here for more information: RRC Career Fair

Directions Conference 2018

Register for the Directions Conference and learn from the industry experts as they share their knowledge in the keynote speech, breakout sessions and roundtable networking event. In addition, by registering early for the conference that is going to be held on February 8th at the Canad Inns Polo Park, you have a chance to win one or more of the Early Bird Prizes! Visit this website to find out how: DirectionsConference.ca

Employer on-Campus Events

Check out the upcoming employer on-campus events on Student Employment Services’ What’s Happening widget. Register for the sessions to learn more about what specific employers are looking for and the careers they have to offer. Stay informed by going to: Student Employment Services – What’s Happening

And don’f forget, Student Employment Services offers a wide range of employment services, including assistance with networking, job search, cover letters, resumes and interviews, and hosting employer on-campus events. For additional information and to book an appointment with an Employment Advisor, contact Student Employment Services at jobcentre@rrc.ca or 204.632.2463.

Employer on-Campus: Student work experience program with the federal government

December 29, 2017 • Written by

The Public Service Commission of Canada invites students interested in gaining work experience within the federal government to an information session!

Every year across Canada, students and graduates are hired through recruitment programs administered by the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada. One such program is the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP). It provides students with a wealth of opportunity and valuable work experience related to their field of study.

If you are a returning student, an Indigenous student, or a student with a disability interested in learning more about FSWEP and other PSC recruitment programs, please attend the information session.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Green Lecture Theatre – GM43
Notre Dame Campus
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

If you are interested in attending the information session, please register online at:
https://teamsites.rrc.ca/ses

Deadline for registration: January 15, 2018

Stay connected with PSC!Government of Canada
Twitter: @jobs_gc
Web: jobs.gc.ca

If you have difficulty registering, have accessibility questions or accommodation requests, contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca

Harness the energy of the holiday season for a job hunt boost!

December 18, 2017 • Written by
At last – here come the holidays and along with it, a few days of downtime not having to worry about exams!

Take the time to unwind, relax and recharge in preparation for an exciting 2018. And if 2018 is the year of job search for you, you may want to use some of this extra time getting ahead in your job hunt.

Include these things in your to-do list and check them twice this holiday season:

  1. Identify job targets – Look into different jobs and research employers to help you in creating your job search strategy for the new year.
  2. Review your job search tools – Update your resume, portfolio, and social media presence instead of cramming to make changes at the last minute.
  3. Practice your elevator speech – Use this time to chat with family, friends, acquaintances and maybe strangers you meet at gatherings to practice your pitch or elevator speech.

Contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca for more information on job search preparation, and to book an appointment with an Employment Advisor.

Student Employment Services wishes you all the best this holiday season and in the New Year!

Notre Dame Campus Library Renovations: 11-22 Dec 2017

December 12, 2017 • Written by

From Monday 11 December to Friday 22 December the south side (quiet side) of the Notre Dame Campus library will undergo lighting improvements. Unfortunately, the study area on the south ​side of the Library will be disrupted.

Please refer to our website for updates: library.rrc.ca

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.​