Employer on-Campus: Crown Auto Group Tech Talk

October 29, 2017 • Written by

Tech Talk: Crown Auto Group wants to meet you!

Stop by the Building Z student lounge, grab a coffee, talk some tech and learn about the many interesting and rewarding careers available with Crown Auto Group.

Come visit us to learn how you can get the most out of your education, and to discuss the many rewarding careers available to RRC’s Automotive and Collision Repair and Refinishing students.

We will have managers from our Service Department and Auto Body Shop, and the VP of Fixed Operations available to answer questions and provide information about our group and available careers!


Thursday, November 16, 2017
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Building Z Student Lounge
Notre Dame Campus
Refreshments provided

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


Roll for Relief and Relaxation

October 27, 2017 • Written by

Lets be honest when you read that title you didn’t think you’d be reading an article on foam rolling.  Some of the most common questions we get in our fitness centre are “What are those things? What am I suppose to do with it?  Does it really work?  When we get these question most people are referring to foam rollers.  Read More →

Professional Perspective: Accommodations in the workplace – Part 3

October 27, 2017 • Written by

Welcome to the last installment of Disability Employment Awareness Month’s edition of Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment-related topics.

To tackle the complex topic of accommodations, this 3-part series features professional perspectives from a community agency project coordinator, a post secondary institution counsellor, and a Manitoba employer.

Manitoba leads the way by declaring October as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM). DEAM is an annual opportunity for Manitoba businesses, industry associations, community organizations, educational institutions, government bodies, and other groups to take proactive steps to increase employment success for Manitobans with disabilities.

In this last installment, Sam Grande, Manager – Diversity and Inclusion Unit with the Government of Manitoba’s Civil Service Commission, shares her professional perspective on best practices in advancing the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workforce.

Sam leads a team of program coordinators who are responsible for the development, delivery and administration of initiatives, programs and services that advance the government’s overall renewal, diversity and inclusion objectives.

Today’s Disability Employment Awareness Month question is:

What are some of the best practices in advancing the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in the workforce?


Sam’s Professional Perspective

The Manitoba government has been an employer of choice and identified as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for the past six years.  We are excited to recommend some best practices that our organization follows, such as:

  • Develop and implement policies to help build an organization that values diversity and formalize your organization’s commitment to persons with disabilities.
  • Create a formal diversity and inclusion strategy and communicate this to the whole organization.
  • Implement a student summer employment program that is specific to persons with disabilities.
  • Invite persons with disabilities to participate in work experience programs in your organization to gain related experience.
  • Introduce the concept of an ‘active offer’ to candidates when inviting them to assessments and/or interviews, asking if they require any accommodations.
  • Implement learning and development programs for employees with disabilities, to support the achievement of their learning goals.
  • Provide support to employees to secure appropriate workplace accommodations and provide appropriate supports to those employees experiencing injury, illness or disability.
  • Engage in consistent outreach to the community, including agencies serving persons with disabilities and educational institutions to seek candidates who meet your job requirements and request that they distribute information to their consumers and/or students.
  • Promote your opportunities at as many career fairs as possible, including those that are aimed at persons with disabilities, such as the annual EmployABILITY Expo and the Visually Impaired Resource Network (VIRN) trade show.
  • Identify champions of diversity within the senior levels of your organization to act as ambassadors and to prepare diversity audits of the areas they are responsible for.
  • Identify an Accessibility Coordinator and working group in various parts of your organization to identify and remove employment barriers.
  • Support the development of an employee resource group of employees with disabilities.
  • Deliver education and awareness learning events on disability-related topics to employees on a regular basis, particularly in celebration of International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Disability Employment Awareness Month.
  • Collaborate with the community by offering to provide representation from your organization on committees whose mandate is to advance the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce.

There are many best practices that could be identified and implemented by organizations. The Manitoba government recognizes that a diverse civil service allows us to better represent and serve the citizens of our province.

Diversity is, and will continue to be, an important component of our civil service renewal efforts.

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

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.

Deadline for CleanTech Student Poster Pitches, Oct. 31

October 21, 2017 • Written by

Do you have a project about clean technology to showcase? The 2017 Western Canada CleanTech Innovation Forum is looking for posters on cleantech research and development projects, as well as posters of a general nature on a cleantech topic.

Students will be eligible to win one of three awards. Winners of each category will receive a prize package valued at $500:

  • Judges Choice: Cleantech – Research and Development Project
  • Judges Choice: Cleantech – General Topic
  • Audience Choice

Posters should be submitted to admin@meia.mb.ca.

All poster presenters must register for the conference.

Deadline for poster proposals: October 31, 2017.

Full poster details HERE.

The inaugural Western Canada Cleantech Innovation Forum will be held on Nov. 29-30 at the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.  The forum will feature keynote speakers, plenary sessions, technical concurrent sessions, and a special edition of the Green Dragon’s Lair.

Check out the event registration page here.

30 things to stop doing to yourself

October 20, 2017 • Written by

by Mario De Negri, Fitness Coordinator for Rebel Athletics and Recreation Servicesstop-sign

I came across this blog when I was feeling a fair bit of turbulence in my life. I personally was doing great. Everything was in line, I was working at my best, and being my best self which warrants recognition as that’s something I have failed to do in my past, and can image others feeling something similar in their lives. This was affecting my life from the outside and I had the choice to sit there and take it or stand up and step to the side. I had made some tough decisions to try to keep myself on a healthy path but I couldn’t help shake the pain in my heart. Sometimes clarity of the mind doesn’t mean you’ll find peace in the heart right away. Sometimes the aches in the heart are real but just growing pains we must endure for our own personal growth as a person. Every time I look back at times this has been true I can feel peace in my heart now, but wasn’t so in the moment at that time. This blog brings to lights some of those tough self-questions we need to be asking ourselves to see if we are on our true path. So many of the points highlight quite directly some of the fears about myself I had to face and to accept if I was to move forward on my path. Hopefully they can bring some insight onto you as they have re-affirmed in mine.

Check out the blog here;


Winners for Campus store and Print Shoppe Survey!

October 17, 2017 • Written by

Our surveys ended on October 13, 2017.  On October 16, 2017 all winners for a $50 gift card to the Campus store were randomly selected and contacted.  If you filled out one of our online surveys, please check your email that you provided to see if you received an email from us!

I would like to thank all the students that took the time to participate and provide us with their feedback.

Anthony Francisco

Manager – Campus store and Print Shoppe

Licence to Drive! Search for the Red River Racer

October 15, 2017 • Written by

Are you a Red River College student interested in getting into the driver’s seat of an electric car?

We’re seeking a driver and backup driver to compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon, taking place in California, April 19-22, 2018.

The Eco-Marathon is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race in an annual competition that sees student teams from across the globe building and racing their own cars.

Driver Requirements:

  • Maximum height to fit in car: 5’7’’
  • Optimum driver weight: 120lbs (or less) in full race gear
  • Must be a Red River College student to qualify
  • Will be required to occasionally meet with the Red River College team
  • Will be required to travel to the U.S. for the duration of the competition
  • Will have to sign a waiver from the College and Shell Eco-Marathon

About the Competition:

What: The Shell Eco-Marathon challenges student teams around the world to design, build, test and race ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.

When: April 19-22, 2018

Where: Sonoma Raceway, California

Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered. 

Deadline to Apply: Nov. 6, 2017

To express interest or for more info, email Matthew Brett at mabrett@rrc.ca

Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview and road test.

Professional Perspective: Attending RRC’s First Impressions Recruitment Event

October 15, 2017 • Written by

Welcome to Professional Perspective  First Impressions Recruitment Event edition!

The 4th Annual First Impressions Recruitment Event (FIRE) is just under a month away. And with the deadline for applications of October 25th at 4:00 pm, students from the Red River College programs Applied Accounting, Business Administration, Business Administration Integrated, Commerce Industry Sales & Marketing and International Business are encouraged to upload their resumes to each FIRE posting through Job Central now!

To answer our FIRE Professional Perspective question, we have Kristin Tooth, HR Business Partner at BMO Bank of Montreal. Kristin supports the Prairie Central Canada Division and is a CPHR designate. Kristin is a proud Red River College, Business Administration graduate and has over 10 years’ HR experience in the financial industry.  She is involved in her community as a committee member for both the YMCA – Women of Distinction Awards and the HRMAM Leadership Conference.

The First Impressions Recruitment Event question is:

Who should attend the First Impressions Recruitment Event?

Kristin’s Professional Perspective

Are you just starting your first semester and aren’t sure what you will major in next year? Are you graduating soon and looking for employment? Perhaps you are just interested in developing interviewing skills? These are all great reasons to attend!

The First Impressions Recruitment Event isn’t just for soon to be graduates and current vacancies. It is an opportunity to develop your personal brand, network, and learn what your employers of choice are looking for in a candidate.

You’ve likely heard this before but I can’t stress it enough…you are interviewing employers as much as they are interviewing you. This is your time to meet with companies who are of interest to ensure they are a good fit for you. Here are a few things that you might want to consider:

  • What are the hours of operation?
    Some positions are expected to work extended hours and weekends. If you have the flexibility to work these hours, you can use that to your advantage.
  • Do they have the specific jobs you desire in the province you want to work in?
    Many headquarters roles like marketing, accounting and human resources may only exist in headquarters or there are very limited senior roles in the province you reside in.
  • Do your values align with the company’s vision and value proposition?
    Your values aligning with the company’s could make the difference between burning out and thriving in your career. When you are a part of something you believe in, you will be excited to go to work and be dedicated to make a difference.
  • What are the different career paths in the organization?
    Learning about the different ways one can move up and within the organization can help you determine strategies in advancing your career, as well as identify if their environment will support your career plans.

As employers, we aren’t just looking for students who are ready to graduate. We are looking to develop and foster relationships throughout your schooling. We want to give back and help you throughout your journey of transitioning from school to your career.

This is your opportunity to ask us what we love about our jobs so you can decide where you want to grow your career. Come introduce yourself and take advantage of it!

The First Impressions Recruitment Event offers a great opportunity to interview with industry professionals that might lead you to your dream job. So, ready yourself for the conversations you are about to take part in! Just remember, getting your dream job isn’t just about preparing for the interview. Prepare yourself for the career that you want by picking up transferable skills from part time jobs, volunteer opportunities, and the courses you take.

Here’s a testimonial from an RRC graduate whom Kristin met at FIRE

During my time as a Business Administration student at RRC I attended FIRE on both my first and second years.

The event happened in October and I wasn’t going to graduate until April of the following year, however I knew there would be many potential employers at the event so I saw an opportunity to network and gain some information about the different positions and opportunities that would be available after I graduated.

I met Kristin during this [recruitment event] and she said that she believed that my skills and education would be a great fit to BMO. She told me she would keep my resume and would be in touch with me in the future.

Because graduation was months away, I honestly thought that she would see so many other candidates and that my resume would probably be forgotten.

To my surprise, a few months after graduating I received a call from Kristin saying that she wanted to touch base with me and see how I was doing. I went for an interview and I’m happy to say that I’ve been a Financial Services Manager with BMO for over a year.

I’m glad I took the time to attend [FIRE]. Little did I know, but that day led me to a successful start of my career.

Raquel da Sliva Durst, RRC Business Administration graduate, now a Financial Services Manager at BMO Bank of Montreal

First Impressions Recruitment Event logoOver 30 employers are taking part in the First Impressions Recruitment Event on November 9, 2017, including BMO Bank of Montreal.

For more information on how to apply, visit rrc.ca/firstimpressions.

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

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.

Live Life Your Way

October 13, 2017 • Written by

Light-Bulb-StairsWhen I went to university I had a difficult time making the transition.  During my first year, I reached the half-way point and I still hadn’t found that feeling of being “in stride” with it. I understood the routine of getting up for classes and making sure I caught my bus at the same time every day.  I also felt the stress of the workload piling up on me and I barely had any free moments to relax and not think – to be young and having fun.

I thought my January resolutions would’ve held out … but who was I kidding. I knew it would be the same pattern as before, and just thinking that way had already set me up for failure. I knew that if I was to succeed with what I wanted out of life I had to really take a good look at myself, really see who I was and face some of the unwanted answers to the question “Who am I?”. I would have to make some tough decisions, and change the way I live by recognizing my personal patterns (both good and bad).

Here are some tips that helped me back then and continue to help make my life one that I design for myself and not something that others have programmed for me.

1)     Just Do It

One thing that stops most of us is our inability to just do something, anything. What should I do? How should I do it?  Just the momentum of movement will lead us to answers we seek as long as we remain detached to the outcomes and remain focused on ourselves. Energy creates energy. Fears will be there and barriers will come but by taking a simple step towards what you want you will bring yourself closer to that bliss we all chase.  This one step will also create emotions within ourselves which, when they are in line with our true path, will lift us up and carry us further down the path of our dreams. However if you deal with any type of anxiety this can seem like a huge deal. It’s easier said than done. Work on being gentle with yourself and working on non-judgment. If you can find yourself at a point where you can forgive yourself for doing nothing you are on the right track to getting into doing something. There is no race in life. You are on your own timeline which can give you that sense of freedom and relieve some of the pressures on ourselves.

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Professional Perspective: Set yourself up for success

October 13, 2017 • Written by
Welcome to Professional Perspective where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment related topics!

Cathy LundCathy Lund, Senior Campus Recruiter at RBC, is back to answer 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 advice would you give students as they prepare for their careers?

Cathy’s Professional Perspective

Be involved
“Take every opportunity to meet someone from the companies you want to work for through career centre events, social media, and volunteering.”

Get to know the industry by connecting with the professionals through different avenues. You can get an idea of their backgrounds and practices by following them on social media, where they often post activities and conversations they are involved in. Also, you can gain an understanding of their workplace cultures by working with them through internships and volunteering. Not to forget, Red River College offers students opportunities to connect with industry professionals, such as Student Employment Services’ Employer on-Campus events and other College affairs where companies invite students to attend information sessions, career fairs, one-on-one conversations, and open house style meet-and-greet sessions.

Be proactive
“Start working on your self-marketing documents immediately.”

Don’t wait until the last minute to develop your cover letter and resume. Draft a master resume including all of your skills, training and experiences so when a job that you are interested in comes up, you can draw relevant information from your master resume to create a tailored resume. Even if you are not ready to job search yet, you can start drafting customized documents by referring to available job postings. This way, you have more time to fine tune your documents when you decide to apply for opportunities.

Be open
“Be open to where you start.”

Cathy explains that at RBC, they take care of their employees with their talent management practices and expect everyone they hire to grow and thrive in their careers. New hires may just progress faster by starting in their Advice Centre or a Client Service role than they would if they waited for the right leadership or sales role to come up.

Cathy will be at the Exchange District Campus on October 25 and 26, 2017 for the RBC Campus Recruitment Information Session and Time4U Sessions. 

As a professional recruiter, Cathy is a wealth of information on what you can do to increase your chances of securing employment. Join us to tap into more of her knowledge as you are preparing to transition from College to Career!

Click here for more information and to register:
Employer on-Campus: RBC

Registration is required and sign-up will be on a first come, first served basis.

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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