By Alex Drobin
Whether it’s employment research, resume prep, or self-promotion, graduating students will always need a little help when searching for a job.
Humber’s Placement Centre plays an integral role in setting students up with professional success after graduation.
“We have been very effective in developing some key industry partnerships resulting in great placement and employment opportunities with students,” said Antoniette Di Marco, Manager of the Placement Centre.
The co-op placement is a requirement for most Bachelor of Commerce programs and consists of 490 work hours within a 14-week span. It is done over the summer months, once students have completed their third year of schooling.
Di Marco said work placements are a great opportunity for students to make industry contacts, gain valuable field experience and open doors for future employment.
The Placement Centre uses an internal job portal, which allows employers to post job opportunities exclusively to Humber. Students go through a screening process, and apply directly through the website.
This heightens their chances of securing a co-op as they have a respected institution behind them.
Di Marco said that Humber has great employer and industry partnerships and frequently hosts recruitment, networking and mentorship events.
Some of the recent companies that have been involved with Humber include Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Samsung and TD Bank Group.
Students are assisted and mentored by Placement Centre advisors prior to applying for positions through the job portal or meeting with perspective employers.
“They have to take our class as a part of their regular curriculum. The support that we’re giving them is with their job search, or anything from resume building to practice interviews,” said Mary Cantisano, placement advisor for the Accounting, Fashion Management and International Business programs.
Cantisano said that the Placement Centre is growing, connecting with more employers on a regular basis and continuing to heighten its profile in the local area.
Alyssa Unrau, a final year student of the Fashion Management Program went through the Placement Centre before securing a promising internship at America Eagle.
“You go to that initial class and you’re surprised at how much you learn. They give you tricks and tips on how to use keywords in your resume and how to really put yourself out there,” she said.
The company has offered her a full time supply chain position upon graduation, she said.
“They (The Placement Centre) give you the resources, teach you how to look for jobs and give you support,” said Unrau.