The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
By JAMES HERBERT Staff Writer It’s not easy paying college tuition. The cost seems to rise every year, and students don’t usually have a lot of money. As well, finding work in Ontario is getting harder and harder. According to the CBC, the unemployment rate for young Canadians as of December 2012 was 14.1 per cent, a 3.1 per cent increase from 2008.
Fortunately for students, there are programs like Summer Jobs Services (SJS) around to help. SJS is a program offered by Niagara College to help students find work in the community. “We provide employers with monetary incentives to hire students aged 15 to 30 who are eligible to work in Canada,” says Nicole Ford, an SJS consultant. “There are jobs available at the college itself, but the program isn’t limited to just the college.” Kristina Dawson, manager of Niagara College’s Co-op Education and Graduate Employment department, says the program helps students immensely. “We offer job coaches and workshops to students, as well as programs to help students build their resumé.” Dawson says students aren’t usually an employer’s first choice, especially with so many out-of-work professionals looking for jobs. “Employers are hesitant to hire students because they [students] don’t have experience. With the program, we help students get the experience they need,” says Dawson. Ford says if students want work, it will be a challenge. “Students are competing with out-of-work professionals who also need work. Students don’t generally have much experience.” She says students have been stereotyped as lazy and unreliable, making them much less desirable to potential employers. She says that in order to find work, students need to start early and be prepared. “It’s important to have a resumé ready.” Dawson says students should use the available resources. “We have three locations in the Niagara region available, as well as online resources where students can get information. Students should take advantage of the assistance we can offer.” For more information on SJS and other employment opportunities, visit mycareer.niagaracollege.ca.