January 2014

Help! I’m Stressed Out

January 29, 2014 • Written by

stress-1Dear Red,

Since school started I am finding that I am getting more and more run-down.  I feel like I need to spend all my time studying, preparing for tests or working on assignments.  I have no time to do the things I like to do and have had to cancel going out with friends or attending family get-togethers as it takes time away from schoolwork.

Lately, I haven’t been sleeping well which is making me feel tired and irritable all the time.  My back is sore and I am getting more headaches.  People tell me that I need to take time for myself, but I don’t feel I can.  Help!!

Signed:  Stressed Out

Dear Stressed Out,

Sounds like you need a stress intervention!  Unfortunately what you are describing is all too typical of students in your situation.  As work load and pressure build up at school it’s not uncommon to start letting things like sleep, diet, exercise and social/recreational activities fall by the wayside.  However, it’s important for you to know that maintaining a healthy lifestyle – especially in times of stress – helps buffer you against the physical symptoms that you are experiencing such as headaches, sore muscles, and mood disturbances that could eventually lead to greater problems such as anxiety and depression.

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Introducing “ASK RED”!

January 27, 2014 • Written by

advicecolumn.6Welcome to “Ask RED,” our new Red River College student advice column, coming to you through the counsellors in Counselling and Accessibility Services.

Looking for some guidance on some difficult issues in your life? RED knows that being a college student can be very challenging. It’s hard to strike that balance between your personal life and academic pressures; and we all know that relationships can be very challenging to juggle along with all the responsibilities of school.

RED knows that without support a student can become anxious or depressed and this can have an impact on how well a student does. Share what’s on your mind with RED – concerning school, personal struggles, relationships, mental health and wellness, etc. RED will offer advice and life strategies that will help put you on track.

Reaching out couldn’t be simpler:  Just fill out the form below. Your identity will be kept anonymous, but do note that questions may be edited for length and clarity.

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Fun at The Forks – RRC students experience ice skating on the Winnipeg River Trail

January 21, 2014 • Written by

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For most, learning to skate is a common Winnipeg winter activity. From a Canadian perspective, wearing a pair of blades can become second nature when it comes to playing sports like hockey or ringette. However, for Red River College’s immigrant and international students, the art of skating proved to be a unique and challenging first time experience; topping the list of things to try while living abroad in “the Peg”.

On Saturday, January 18 over eighty RRC immigrant and international students joined Student Integration Coordinator, Lauren Konrad at The Forks River Trail for a skating lesson. The event takes place every year as part of the Diversity and Immigrant Student Support department’s Canadian Connection Program.

On the riverThe outdoor skating event not only gave students the opportunity to hit the ice, but to stand foot on Winnipeg’s two most famous frozen rivers.

For International Business student Suvir Haripersad, “walking on a frozen river was pretty WOW. For a boy from Africa, that is totally mind blowing”.

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Free Resume Critiques!

January 21, 2014 • Written by

killer-resume3Free Resume Critiques!

Your resume is often the first chance you get to impress a future employer. Let Red River College’s Student Employment Services help you make a great first impression by looking over your resume and giving you tips on how to improve it!

Getting a free critique is simple.

1.   Bring your resume to the North Gym (NDC) on Wednesday, January 29, or Thursday, January 30, between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

2.   Sit down with a resume advisor.

3.   Find out what you’re doing well and how you can make your resume even better.

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

Tips – how to get the most out of Red River College’s 2014 Career Fair

January 21, 2014 • Written by



Red River College’s annual Career fair is fast approaching. Here are some tips to help you prepare!

Do your research — take some time to research employers’ websites in advance.

Prepare a list of questions to ask employers.

Be prepared — bring a pen, note pad, business cards and clean, unfolded copies of your resume.

Prepare your introduction — state your name, program and area of interest, and ask specific questions. Be positive and professional.

Be ready for an on-site interview — be prepared to talk about your career objectives, strengths and interests.

Dress professionally — first impressions are important.

Have a firm handshake — smile and make eye contact.

Listen attentively — show interest, take notes and ask questions.

Follow up — ask for business cards from the employers you’re interested in, so you can stay in touch.

Build your network — use the Career Fair as a starting point to build contacts in the industry.

Red River College Career Fair details:

January 29 & 30

9:00 am – 2:00 pm

North Gym, Notre Dame Campus

For additional information, contact Red River College’s Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966 or email jobcentre@rrc.ca to schedule an appointment.

National Non-Smoking Week – 19-25 January 2014

January 16, 2014 • Written by
RRC Library has many smoking related items in its collection, including many self-help books on the topic of quitting smoking. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

The RRC Library has many smoking related items in its collection, including many self-help books on the topic of quitting smoking. Check out some of the items that are currently on display in the Notre Dame Campus window display.

Mid-January is the perfect time to revisit your New Year’s resolutions. If you’ve already let them slip, don’t worry too much as it is never too late to begin a life altering change to any bad habit. If one of your resolutions is to quit smoking, this is a good time to start as National Non-Smoking Week (NNSW) is January 19 to January 25.

National Non-Smoking Week is a yearly event in Canada. Since 1977, it continues to be observed on the third full week of January. Canada is a world leader in tobacco control. Smoking is at an all-time low in Canada and the number of Canadians that smoke on occasion has dropped to 17%. As well, the rate of Canadians who smoke on a daily basis is even lower at 14%.

Despite this achievement, tobacco use continues to be the most important cause of premature death in Canada. It is a leading cause of preventable lung disease, including lung cancer, and is also a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It has negative effects on nearly every organ of the body and is responsible for more than 37,000 premature deaths every year in Canada.

Not to mention… smoking is a very expensive habit. Are you a millionaire? Maybe not… then why not quit today?

“Weedless Wednesday” is on 22 Jan 2014

The Wednesday of National Non-Smoking Week is termed “Weedless Wednesday”.

Quitting smoking may be easier said than done, right? A great suggestion is to take advantage of “Weedless Wednesday” to kickstart the process of quitting smoking.

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Employer on Campus Event – Schlumberger

January 16, 2014 • Written by


Schlumberger invites all second year, intermediate and graduating Civil Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology and Information Technology students to an information session at Red River College. To find out more about Schlumberger visit our website at careers.slb.com  

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Black Lecture Theatre

Notre Dame Campus

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

(Refreshments provided)

If you are interested in attending the information session please register online at:  http://connect.rrc.ca/Resource/StudentEmploymentServices/

If you are interested in an ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEW on January 30th with Schlumberger please submit your cover letter and resume to: careers.slb.com or visit the Schlumberger booth at the RRC Career Fair on January 29!


Limited Space available so sign up early!

Red River College Career Fair

January 16, 2014 • Written by


Red River College Career Fair

Come out and meet employers in an exhibition-like setting to learn more about their employment opportunities.

January 29 & 30, 2014

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

North Gym, Notre Dame Campus

Please note: A shuttle will be available from the Exchange District Campus


Employer on Campus Event – Manitoba Hydro IT Career Development Program

January 3, 2014 • Written by

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Information Technology Career Development Program

Manitoba Hydro is a world class energy services provider and Information Technology is an integral part of how we do business. There are numerous opportunities for motivated individuals who can bring their talents and drive to our organization to help us provide the highest level of service to our business customers.

Graduating students looking for challenging IT career opportunities with an organization that will help them develop and grow professionally should attend this presentation to learn more.

Registration is open to Information Technology graduating students.

Date: Monday, January 13, 2014

Red River College

Exchange District Campus, 160 Princess St.

Room: Great West Life Lecture Theatre A104

Time: 12 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Register online at: http://connect.rrc.ca/Resource/StudentEmploymentServices/

If you have difficulty registering online, contact Student Employment Services at (204) 632-3966.

Space is limited, so register now. Pizza and drinks will be provided. Deadline for registration is January 9, 2013

Employer on Campus Event – Secure Energy Services

January 3, 2014 • Written by


Secure Energy Services invites all Business, Engineering and Information Technology programs to an information session to learn more about our career opportunities!

SECURE Energy Services was formed in 2007 by a team of entrepreneurial, forward thinking people. The company has grown into a billion dollar company and it is still focused on providing innovative energy services with an emphasis on exceptional customer service.

Rene Amirault, President and CEO, and Red River College Graduate, and Nick Wieler, EVP Crude Oil Marketing and Information Technology will be sharing the success story of Secure Energy Services and most importantly how you can join our dynamic team of employees.

At Secure Energy Services, we foster a culture where people truly love to work. Our company is made up of the highest caliber of people who are excited and passionate about our work and providing exceptional customer service.

If you are interested in learning more about career opportunities with Secure Energy Services and hearing how Rene Amirault, a RRC graduate became the business leader he is today, please register for one of the following information sessions:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Black Lecture Theatre

Notre Dame Campus

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Refreshments provided


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Black Lecture Theatre

Notre Dame Campus

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Refreshments provided

If you are interested in attending an information session please register online at: http://connect.rrc.ca/Resource/StudentEmploymentServices/

Please Note: If you have difficulty registering contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: January 9, 2014 Limited Space available so sign up early!