For most students, classes are out, and the challenge of starting a career has begun. For immigrant and international students, finding and succeeding in that first job can be very difficult. The written and unwritten rules about employment vary greatly from country to country, and what worked well in one part of the world might keep a job searcher from being successful here in Canada.
- Graduates — Where will you go from here?
To help launch their Canadian careers, immigrant and international students looking for their first permanent or summer job attended a Workplace Transition Seminar on May 7, 2015, offered by Diversity and Intercultural Services, Student Employment Services, and International Education. Student Employment Advisors Bobby Varghese and Debbie Donato shared strategies for finding a great job and how to stand out during a job interview. Students had opportunity to practice answering interview questions and received feedback from their peers as well as from a panel of human resource and employment professionals.
In the afternoon, students shifted their focus to how to succeed after gaining that first job. Diversity Initiatives Coordinator Bradley West shared tips about workplace culture and strategies to help students shine in a new job, and Bob Luna from Manitoba Employment Standards outlined the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in Manitoba—important to ensure that new employees can be confident that their employer is acting fairly and according to local regulations. The day closed with a session facilitated by International Education directed towards international student graduates who may need to navigate immigration processes in order to continue to live and work in Canada.
Throughout the day, participants were encouraged to start developing their own job search and career action plan, to guide their efforts towards achieving their employment goals. In addition, participants were encouraged to network with one another to share their personal career aspirations and tips that they have learned. “You never know who in your network might help you find your dream job,” one of the presenters told students. “It might be the person sitting next to you in this seminar!”
Any students who missed the seminar can connect with Student Employment Advisors at Student Employment Services for individual employment advising, career support and access to Red River College’s Job Central for students and graduates, or speak to their Student Integration Coordinator in Diversity and Intercultural Services for strategies to access and adjust to the culture of the Canadian workplace. International students or graduates may contact International Education for information related to post-graduate work permits and immigration processes.
Story written by Norlan Page, Student Integration Coordinator. For more information contact Norlan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, April 15, the Diversity and Intercultural Services department celebrated at the Diversity Volunteer Appreciation Mixer. This year over 600 volunteers participated through various departmental programs which included the Intercultural Mentorship Program, the Internationally Educated Nurses Workplace Partnership Program, the Step Out of your Box Program, Ally Project, the Diversity Ambassadors Program and Canadian Connection Program. Various awards were given to those who submitted applications through the Making a World of Difference Award, Step out of Your Box Award, the Peace Award and the Diversity Leadership Award.
Approximately 100 students attended the event to celebrate the contributions and impact of volunteerism within the College community. To celebrate, a photo booth was set up to capture the mix of volunteers and new connections made throughout the year. The rhythmic sounds of Trio Bembe filled the dining hall at the Roblin Centre as volunteers enjoyed light refreshments. A small token of gratitude and appreciation was given to each volunteer who attended the event.
Awards and recognition added a formal flare to the evening, with special thanks to the Dean of Student Services, Carol Girling for providing greetings and award presentation.
The Making a World of a Difference Awards went to partnership of Victor Savino and Douglas Modena dos Santos and partnership of Lauren Maclean and Jatin Dhabba.
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