Tuesday, January 5, 2016

5 Tips to Keep Track of Employer & Career Programming this January!

Getting back to school in January after the holidays can get hectic with finalizing your course schedule for the semester, getting textbooks, and making important decisions within tight timelines. However, January is also a month where many employers are looking to connect with students and it’s a good time for students to start exploring employers and careers!  To help you balance both, here are five tips on how you keep balance employer and career programming to incorporate them in your schedule:

TIP #1: Mark Your Calendar.

Check the CLN Calendar early on. Remember that registration for all information sessions, panels, and events open two weeks before the event, so marking your calendar for that date and setting a reminder to register may come in handy and prevent you from missing the chance to register.

TIP #2: Drop-by the Summer & Full Time Job Fair at your convenience.

This fair is a great place to meet employers for both summer jobs as well as potential full-time roles. Remember that the fair is taking place from 11:00AM – 2:00PM on Wednesday January 20th, but you are not required to commit the two hours, and are able to drop-in at any point of time during those hours. This gives you the flexibility to pick a time and duration that works for your schedule!

TIP #3: Explore UTSC graduates' entrepreneur ventures and resources available to you, under one roof.

Along with meeting employers, you can also find out about entrepreneurship. The idea of entrepreneurship can be overwhelming, but you can attend the Entrepreneur Expo on Wednesday January 28th to see what past UTSC students like yourself have done in starting their own ventures as well as the resources available to students to start their own ventures Having both under one roof will allow you to explore the variety of entrepreneurs and also learn about resources, all in one place. Again, the event will take place from 2:00 – 5:00PM, but drop in when it’s convenient! Want to learn more about entrepreneurship? Register on CLN for the one hour Entrepreneurship 101 session prior to the fair from 1:00 – 2:00PM!

TIP #4: Get Information about application deadlines, procedures, and advice from Government HR Representatives, all in one session.

Are you interested in getting a summer job with the Government? There are many facets of the government and navigating through the information may take up a lot of time. To get information about application procedures, deadlines, and tips from HR representatives all at once, register on CLN to attend the Summer Jobs with the Government Panel on Tuesday, January 26th from 3:00 – 5:00PM.

TIP #5: Choose the Extern Orientation Session that fits your schedule best.

The Extern Job Shadowing Program is an excellent opportunity to explore a career by visiting a professional in their workplace.  To learn about more information and instructions, you simply have to register on CLN and attend an orientation session. These orientation sessions are offered at multiple points of the month, so if one doesn’t fit in your schedule, there are other options!

Madiha Ahmed, MIRHR
Employer Engagement Coordinator

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