Career Development and Co-op launches awareness campaign

Carleton’s Career Development and Co-operative Education office is launching an awareness campaign this fall to highlight a suite of new and expanded initiatives for both students and potential employers.

The Carleton Career Advantage campaign kicks off Sept. 14 and will showcase a new Grad and Alumni Fair and a new Grad Certificate Program, as well as a job shadow and career mentoring opportunities. Posters promoting these initiatives will be displayed all over campus.

“The campaign’s goal is to use peer-to-peer testimonials to influence current students and engage them in the department’s programs,” says Dawn Legault, director of Career Development and Co-operative Education. “We also want to reach out to faculty and staff and remind them of the free services available to their students the next time they ask for career guidance. At the end of the day, we want students to be able to understand what their degree can do for them and the skills they can bring to any employer.”

This year, the office will be offering a new online work placement preparation course for co-op students, as well as faculty-tailored career counseling specialists within the Career Centre, located on the fourth floor of the Tory building.

And Legault says the awareness campaign will spread the word about the new events and programs being offered, as well as those that are already well established.

“We want all faculty and students to know that CDCE is their number one source for all things career-related and for students to learn about the benefits of engaging industry early in their academic studies,” she says.

For Kerry Eamer, manager of Co-operative Education, Carleton Career Advantage will also highlight what the career and co-op offices do.

“We are here to connect students and employers,” says Eamer. “We want to help students realize their goals and understand what their degree can do for them in a practical, degree-related setting as well as the resources available to them through both the co-op and career centre.”

The office will also be reaching out to new graduates and graduate-level students with expanded services like the New Grad and Alumni Fair on March 3, 2010, which will give final-year students and Carleton alumni the chance to meet with employers seeking advanced skills positions and those looking for people with industry experience.

The tried and true services offered by Career Development and Co-op office, such as the “So you want to be a…” panel series and are still being offered. Another two professions will be added to the well established program this year — veterinarian and dentist.

One of the most notable events of the year will be the inaugural Career Connections Networking Night in November — where the Career and Co-op Office will combine their employer contacts for two faculty-specific networking nights for Carleton students. This will allow all students to connect with employers that are familiar with the talent at Carleton and obtain that much sought after real-world advice.

“To bring both sets of employers together equals one powerhouse of industry professionals for all Carleton students to network with and learn from,” adds Legault. “Events like these will hopefully strengthen student engagement with our programming.”

Carleton grad Ricky Chan is involved in the awareness campaign and says his co-op experience prepared him for full-time work.

“I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do [after school] and I wanted some experience,” says Chan, who graduated in June. “It just so happened that I stumbled across a job I really enjoy and the rest is history.”

Chan, 23, earned his Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in information systems. He took advantage of his co-op option in 2007 and got a placement with Public Works and Government Services Canada purchasing software and working on contracts for government and software partnerships.

After graduation, that placement turned into a full-time job.

“If I hadn’t gotten co-op, I wouldn’t have known this job existed,” Chan adds.

“It helped me adjust to life, where you have multiple priorities. Once you finish school and go to work you’re going to have other things like family and you have to learn how to multi-task. Having co-op allows you to experience that kind of lifestyle.”

Danette Nearing-Guibord, professor and field placement co-ordinator for the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, says it’s important for faculty to let their students know the valuable services offered by the Career Development and Co-op office.

“Ultimately, when you’re teaching as a professor, you want to see success in your students,” she says. “The best way is to provide them with all the tools possible, and if we have them at Carleton, then why not?”

While Carleton has offered employment-related services for some time, Legault says spreading the word about the latest initiatives is important.

“Students need to know that this is a place where they can come and receive support and we know how to help them,” Legault says. “All they have to do is come with an open mind and a willingness to try, and we’ll help them get to where they can be.”

CDCE Upcoming EventsIn addition to all the events the Career Development and Co-operative Education (CDCE) holds each year, here are a list of new events and workshops that will be held in 200/10:

  • Career Connection Networking Nights: November 3 and 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Porter Hall;
  • “So You Want to be A…” Panel Series: So You Want to be a Dentist on Oct. 14 and So You Want to be a Veterinarian on Nov. 10
  • Fairs: Annual career fairs, including the New Grad and Alumni Fair on March 3, 2010
  • Job Shadow Program: For second and third-year students, from February 15 to 19, 2010
  • Career Development Certificate program: (for undergraduates) Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2009 for fall ’09 graduands; April 26 to 30, 2010 for winter ’10 graduands
  • Graduate Career Development Certificate Program: (for MA & PhD) February 15 to 19, 2010
  • WISE (Women in Science and Engineering): A career development workshop coupled with networking with industry representatives
  • Science Networking Forum: Feb. 2, 2010
  • Resume Reviews and Mock Interviews: This is offered year-round for all Carleton students

For more information on events this year, visit

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Kristy Strauss graduated from Carleton's journalism program in 2009. She is a regular contributor to Carleton Now. She has worked as a reporter for the Kemptville Advance. She currently reports for EMC Ottawa South.

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