Students need to work at networking to find work.
Students at Humber have accounts on popular social networking sites but most don’t know how to get the most out of them, said Career Research Developer Byung Oh at a networking event at the Lakeshore campus on Jan. 29.
“Networking is considered 60 per cent of all available job resources, and that is a conservative number,” he said. “Some professionals think it’s more like 80 per cent of all jobs come from networking.”
Oh said networking is essential in finding the job.
“Students are aware but they don’t know how to get into this kind of social networking and the Career Centre is offering this kind of help,” Oh said.
Oh introduced Magnet, a new social networking platform, to students at the event.
Magnet is a collaboration of 18 colleges and universities in Ontario and is sponsored by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, he said.
“It’s a new platform where students post their profile base, much like LinkedIn, and employers can post jobs and immediately see who is the best candidate for the position,” he said. “Having your profile on the website doesn’t mean you actually have to look for jobs but more likely employers can find you based on your skills.”
Networking can be a daunting task for Ashvini Sriharan, a Bachelor of Business and Marketing Management graduate from the University of Guelph-Humber who now works for Humber as an assistant coordinator for career resources at the Lakeshore campus.
She said feeling nervous before going to a face to face networking event is normal.
“There are a lot of opportunities to network now as well,” said Sriharan. “The Career Centre provides these opportunities as well as social networking to connect with people and network online so you don’t have to go out of the way face to face but you can develop relationships online with employers.”
Dami Oyibo, a Marketing Management student, knows she needs to put some more work into her social networking life and came to the Magnet workshop to expand her networking horizons.
“My social media is quite good although I need to make some changes,” she said. “I need to get stronger on other things that are out there as well.”
Oh said getting familiar with all resources available to students at Humber is not as much of a priority for students as it should be.
“It’s kind of an issue,” he said. “We promote this event with social media, the website, flyers, HSF board, but it doesn’t seem to be enough.”
Oh said the new Magnet initiative could give students more and better opportunities.
“We want students to pay attention to Humber’s own media site to see these kind of events,” he said.
“I knew they were offered before but I never made time to go to it,” said Oyibo.
Oh said that Humber alumni are everywhere and Magnet is a great opportunity for students to reach out to their possible career.
“If Humber can connect Humber graduates to current students that is a really great opportunity for everybody,” he said.