Most people who choose to attend university and spend thousands of dollars do it because they have a goal in mind and receiving a degree from a post-secondary institution allows them to move ever closer to that goal. For the majority of us, that specific goal is a career we would like to see ourselves in. In order to prepare for this transition, from student to working professional, Brandon University has the Career Planning and Placement office. The Career Planning and Placement office is run by the Career Planning and Placement Officer and open to all students on campus. Here students can learn about on-campus recruitment, employer information sessions and employment referral services. The Centre also hosts a series of workshops throughout the year to teach students a variety of skills that will be useful in searching and applying for a job in their specific field of study. With the launch of a new academic year there are quite a few Career Planning Workshops approaching in order for students to develop their appropriate skills and gain information and on the career they wish to pursue.
For the remainder of September there are two key workshops coming up that students are welcome to attend. The first is on Tuesday, September 25th from 12:40 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and is a workshop on how to properly write your resume and cover letter. In today’s modern world having a properly written and edited resume and cover letter are essential if you want even the slightest chance of landing the job you’re applying for. If the company takes a liking to your resume or cover letter you may be called in for an interview. A workshop on preparing for an employment interview is being offered on September 26th from 1:40 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Even though your resume and cover letter may have been stunning you aren’t in the clear unless your interview(s) go well. Both the How to Write Your Resume and Cover Letter workshop and the Preparing For Your Interview workshop will be hosted in room 104 inside Clark Hall.
Just because September ends doesn’t mean the Career Planning workshops do! After all planning and preparing for a career isn’t done overnight. The Career Planning and Placement Officer is hosting the workshop Finding Your Permanent/Summer Job on October 10th from 1:40 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Here students will learn techniques on how to successful find summer or permanent employment. Another workshop is set in the works for October 17th from 1:40 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. In this workshop, titled Planning Your Career, students will receive ideas and suggestions on how to better set and achieve their career goals. In order to be successful in any career you have to know how to properly network with people. Luckily there is a Networking Skills workshop being hosted on campus on October 23rd from 12:40 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. to assist students in networking and communication techniques. There will also be a career planning workshop on October 24th from 1:40 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Employee Rights in the Workplace. This workshop will be especially useful to students wondering what exactly their rights are in the workplace. Finally, on October 31st from 1:40 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. there will be a workshop that I'm sure many teachers would like their students to take. A workshop titled How to Manage Your On-line/Social Media Presence will be hosted on campus and open to all students who wish to attend. Here students will learn how to properly and effectively manage their online activities in a professional manner. Like in September, all Career planning workshops will be hosted in room 104 inside Clark Hall.
To learn more about these specific workshops or about career planning in general visit the Career Resource Centre in room 115 inside the A.E. McKenzie building. They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday with the office closed for lunch daily from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. All services provided by the Career Resource Centre are covered by the student services fee included in your tuition. Drop ins are welcome or students can make an appointment by calling 204-727-9651 or emailing the Career Planning and Placement Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.