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By BRITTANY ERWIN
The Niagara College Job Centre is getting a new name. The Job Centre will be called Co-op and Graduate Employment Services (CGES).
The CGES has many services for current students and graduates. It will always be there for students in any way they can, offering a printer and a fax machine in the offices where students can print out their resumés as well as fax resumés and cover letters to employers. They also have offices for students to set up meetings, via phone or in person.
Monique Morin, graduate employment consultant, says, “In our office, students can also use a phone for long distance calls to employers, a computer to print their documentation, a scanner to prepare an e-portfolio and a fax machine at no cost. We do class presentations, one on one appointments and have Employment Services assistants on hand for drop-in questions about job search and assistance in getting onto our site.”
Morin says, “Our department also assists co-op students with their job search by running a series of workshops on job preparation and job search, meeting with students one on one to determine their needs and plans for their co-op and by generating related opportunities they can apply to.”
CGES offers events and conferences such as volunteer speakers, job strategies conference as well as career presentations hosted by organizations such as the RCMP or Fairmont Hotels.
There are many on campus jobs the centre offers. All of these are posted on Blackboard. They also post-part-time, summer and volunteer opportunities in the centre.
The consultants give students access to free resumé reviews, cover letter critiques, interview tips and job searching strategy coaching.
Morin says, “We run something called Career Club, which is relatively new, and encourages students to start thinking about their job search early. This encompasses one on one appointments to review job search material and is a step by step journey through meetings and workshops, which earns the student points towards their co-curricular record.”
To receive these services you can go in to the CGES at the Welland or Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) campus or contact Morin (Welland campus) extension 7787 or Jean Little (NOTL campus) extension 4164.
The centre also offers Optimal Resumé. This free service allows you to create a high impact resumé based on your program, and develop an E-Folio, as well as practicing interview skills, in the comfort of your own home.
All you have to do is go on to https:mycareer.niagaracollege.ca/student/overview.htm and create an account.
As well as offering services to students, CGES provides many for employers such as determining staff needs, identifying potential funding opportunities, developing job descriptions, free recruitment of employees, collecting resumés, and scheduling of interviews for employers and employees.
The effectiveness of the centre’s hands-on services is evaluated annually. In 1999 the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities created a system of performance measures for its colleges, Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs.
Niagara College has consistently monitored how well it provides programs and services for its students.
It also tracks graduate outcomes by program.
In 2012, the KPI graduate employment rate was 85.2 per cent with an employer satisfaction of 92.3 per cent. The co-op results from 2012/2013 year resulted in a 90 per cent employment rate, 63 per cent of students who were hired worked locally, 37 per cent of students worked out of the Niagara Region and the overall hourly wage was $12.73.