Career Fair: Rotary Career Symposium 2017

March 10, 2017 • Written by

Rotary Career Symposium 2017

Tuesday, March 14: 6 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday, March 15:  9 am – 3 pm
Thursday, March 16:  9 am – 3 pm

RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg
375 York Avenue

Created to showcase leading industries, employment and educational opportunities in Manitoba and beyond, the Rotary Career Symposium is a unique event to help expand your career possibilities! From Aerospace to Law, Trades to Government, Hospitality to Technology, more than 185 Exhibit booths and 30 speaker sessions are included in the two-day event. Featuring both business and educational leaders to help you to update your career profile, it’s the largest and most comprehensive event of its kind in Canada. Don’t miss out!

For event details, click here: Rotary Career Symposium 2017

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For more information on how to prepare for career fairs, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

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Professional Perspective: Be the solution employers need

March 9, 2017 • Written by
Welcome back to Professional Perspective where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment related topics!

Wendy Ferris, Partner at inVision Edge, is answering today’Wendy Ferriss question. Wendy’s professional perspective comes from years of working in human resources and now collaborating with amazing business owners, leaders and teams, creating strategies and driving innovation to achieve results.

Today’s question:

Why is innovation a must-have for today’s new grads?

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Wendy’s Professional Perspective

In the business world, the speed of change is only increasing. In addition, consumers are now more educated and have more choice and accessibility to products and services than ever before. Companies are looking for new ways to compete and stand out.

The innovative employee is a rare commodity. Companies are looking for employees who understand the business, take initiative and offer solutions that make business sense.

I’m not talking about the clichéd and typical suggestion boxes here.  It is time for smart solutions that positively impact customers, employees, AND the bottom-line.

So how can you prepare yourself to make a difference for your employers and stand out by coming up with great ideas and solutions? Good news! You don’t need to be Steve Jobs to be innovative!  Here are some quick tips to point you in the right direction:

1. Don’t lose your creative mojo

The greatest thing about students like you is that you are fresh, energetic and eager. Use that energy to generate ideas by doing research and finding stimulus to make sure you are coming up with something new. Work with teams and others, get their thoughts and collaborate. The quality of your ideas radically improves by adding the diversity of others to the process.

Notice that I didn’t suggest “brainstorming”. That’s because traditional brainstorming methods will only result in ideas that are already percolating in your head. Push yourself to look at patents, trends, markets, insights, tech and dig deep to come up with new ideas. Once you get started, it gets fun! You’d be surprised at how much you can find in as little as an hour!

2. Critically think it through

It doesn’t take long to find the example of the passionate, unsuccessful inventor on Dragon’s Den. Avoid that. I’m glad that you love your idea…but will anyone else? Ideas are really a dime a dozen. But smart ideas are rare. So spend time critically thinking it through. Will it really work? Is it really all that unique? Now’s the time to think of all the things that may get in the way of your idea working. Test it out before you present it. Do a survey or conduct focus groups and get customer or user input. (Warning: don’t rely on just your family and friends opinions…get out there and get real feedback from people who aren’t worried about hurting your feelings!)

3. Get over it

So you got input that told you that your idea has flaws? GREAT! Now you have information to work with and the opportunity to build and improve your idea. Don’t waste time over analyzing…test your ideas, learn from the information, and ACT.  Make decisions. Make improvements. But do it quickly. This is not the time for analysis paralysis.

4. Make a case

I’m sorry, but any idea that doesn’t have a math model along with it isn’t worth listening to. Your boss is going to want to know what it is going to cost, how much revenue it will make or how it is going to save money for the company. What is the ROI on your idea? How long will it take to pay off the investment? What problem are you solving? Who is your customer? Make sure you are ready to communicate your idea clearly, confidently and with data. If math isn’t your thing, find someone who can help you. Your idea might be fantastic; but no math, no green light.

I guarantee you that if you can present your boss with smart, well thought out ideas with a business case…you will stand out.

Just remember who gave you this advice when you become my boss, k?


For more information on how to prepare for your job search, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

Want to read more professional perspectives? Check out past editions here:
Professional Perspective: Beyond submitting job applications
Professional Perspective: Writing cover letters
Professional Perspective: Creating eye-catching resumes
Professional Perspective: Starting early with your job search

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Employer on-Campus: StandardAero

March 6, 2017 • Written by

Aero Spaces featuring StandardAero

Make the industry connections to help your career take flight!

Stop by the Stevenson Campus student lounge, grab a coffee, and connect with representatives from StandardAero to gain industry insights on what you can do now to help your aerospace and aviation career take off!standardaero

March 22, 2017
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Main Floor – Student Lounge
Stevenson Campus
Refreshments provided

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

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Connect with a Student Employment Advisor at Stevenson Campus

March 6, 2017 • Written by

Do you have questions about employment? We can help!

Are you looking for a part-time job or need help launching your career after graduation? RRC’s Student Employment Services can assist with:

  • job search strategies
  • cover letter and resume writing
  • interview preparation
  • access to job postings on JobCentral.rrc.ca
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Main Floor Student Lounge
Stevenson Campus

For additional information, contact Red River College’s Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966 or email JobCentre@rrc.ca.

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Job Fair: MTEC Hospitality, Tourism and Retail

March 6, 2017 • Written by

MTEC is holding our Semi-Annual Job Fair at the RBC Convention Centre from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Current employers participating are: mtec-logo-top

  • Assiniboine Park Conservancy
  • Canad Inns
  • Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
  • MTEC College
  • RBC Convention Centre
  • Summer Bounce
  • Travel Manitoba

Keep your eye on the MTEC Job Board for the most current list of employers.

Bring copies of your resume to the event and be ready to talk about your skills with the recruiting employers.

For more information, visit: Manitoba Tourism Education Council


For tips on how to make the best out of job fairs, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

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5 Tips for the River of Life

March 3, 2017 • Written by

We’ve all been caught in the rush of the world in its quest to be going somewhere. This constant pressure has had us staring at a screen until out eyes are pounding , sitting on our butts until our back hurts…..what’s up with that, and going for hours without eating except for those few cups of coffee….that’s kind of like food right?

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Exciting Changes to Student Email — Student Email moving to Office 365

March 3, 2017 • Written by


final_bannerThroughout the month of March, Red River College IT Solutions is proceeding with the next phase of enhancements to the Student Email system, moving Student Mailboxes to Office 365 in the Cloud.  This enhancement to the Student Email service will provide you with upgraded features, increase mailbox sizes and improve access to the Student email system from mobile devices.  Details about these new features
and frequently asked questions related to this move are available on the ITS Support website which can be found at blogs.rrc.ca/its.

IT Solutions will notify you by email when your mailbox is scheduled to be moved to Office 365.  There is no action required on your part to prepare for this move.  All of your mail, calendar items and contacts will be moved to Office 365 during this process.

Employer On-Campus: Canada Revenue Agency

March 2, 2017 • Written by

Careers with Canada Revenue Agency

The CRA invites all Business and IT students to an information session! Join us to learn more about the wide range of opportunities with the CRA.

Bring your laptop! CRA representatives will be available to assist you to create your online candidate profile.


Exchange District Campus
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Room P107 – CGA Manitoba Room
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Deadline for registration: March 6, 2017

Notre Dame Campus
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Room F311
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Deadline for registration: March 24, 2017


Register online at: http://connect.rrc.ca/SES
If you have difficulty registering contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966.

Limited seating available – sign up early!

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Employer on-Campus: Great-West Life

March 2, 2017 • Written by

We are hiring!

Great-West Life invites all graduating accounting students to a recruitment and information session!

We’ll provide you with the training and tools to succeed, including some of the most advanced technology in the business. We’ll encourage you to think for yourself and we’ll listen to your thoughts and ideas. We’ll support your personal and professional development, and reward your success.

If you are interested in learning more about Great-West Life, please attend the information session. Feel free to also review the website at www.greatwestlifeco.com.


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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
CGA Manitoba Room – P107
12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.

Notre Dame Campus
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Black Lecture Theatre
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon


Refreshments provided

Register online at: http://connect.rrc.ca/SES
If you have difficulty registering contact Student Employment Services at 204.632.3966.

Deadline for registration: March 24, 2017
Limited seating available – sign up early!

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Professional Perspective: Beyond submitting job applications

March 2, 2017 • Written by
Welcome back to Professional Perspective where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment related topics!

Cathy LundWe have Cathy Lund, Senior Campus Recruiter at RBC, answering today’s question. Cathy’s professional perspective comes from an amazing career that began in client facing sales roles and quickly evolved into leadership and human resource roles, recruiting and matching top talent with opportunities for rewarding experiences at RBC.

Today’s question is:

What would you encourage students to do to increase their chances of securing employment as they are nearing graduation or summer break?

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Cathy’s Professional Perspective

Social Media
“I would encourage students to do their research on social media: LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, and explore a variety of roles that a company is posting. It makes for better conversations and resume building.”

Get your tech savvy and social media accounts to give you a boost in your job search, as Cathy suggests. A company’s post can reveal what they are looking for, what they value and what they are currently involved in. Use this information to learn more about the company. And when you are ready to reach out, use this knowledge to show interest in the company and customize your self-marketing tools.

Work Exposure
“Engage in co-ops, internships or summer jobs to build competence and organizational awareness.”

Success is 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration. Cliché? Perhaps, but it rings true when Cathy recommends to take the time to get to know the business and the industry by getting involved. Use every opportunity with employers to build credibility, demonstrate a strong work ethic to earn yourself employability points for when you are vying for that dream job.

Informational Interviews
“Informational interviews are GOLD. Where else can you ask a person anything and find out if this is the right company or role for you before you are put on the spot during an interview?”

Need we say more?

Cathy adds, “10K Coffees is an emerging resource for students where they can login and connect with professionals and other students working for the company and request information interviews. Although there are many other companies participating, the RBC student hub is https://www.tenthousandcoffees.com/hub/rbc4studentscareers Code: rbccampus”


As a professional recruiter, Cathy is a wealth of information on what you can do to increase your chances of securing employment. If you would like tap into more of her knowledge, Cathy will be at the Notre Dame Campus on March 14, 2017 to talk about the Summer Internship Program, Aboriginal Summer Internship Program and new graduate opportunities at RBC.

Click here for more information and to register:
Employer on-Campus: Inspirational Career Journeys for Students @ RBC

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

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