Students attend the Get to Work Career Fair in 2018.

Investigating your career options

February 8, 2019 | Campus Life
Ever wonder how organizations like the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) find new recruits? In January, MacEwan University students got the chance to find out. 

Representatives from CSIS held an informations session to explain the differences between their organization and the FBI, as well as steps to becoming an agent — and how their recruitment process is a little different from most other organizations.

For instance, if you get an interview, you can’t tell anyone. And once hired, you must go through five years of training in Ottawa.

If the recruitment process doesn’t put you off, then you may be interested to learn that CSIS is recruiting for positions in computer science, human resources, emergency communications, police and investigations, and more. And this latest info session is just one of the ways employers like CSIS engage with students.

But maybe you don’t want to be a super spy. Don’t worry, this is just one example. There are plenty of other employers looking to hire MacEwan students. If you are curious about what opportunities exist for you now or in the future, here are some ways to connect with employers on campus.

Get to Work Career Fair
When: Wednesday, February 13

The Get to Work Career Fair is your one-stop shop for exploring your career options and networking with hundreds of employers. Don’t be afraid to ask questions of each employer — you never know what kind of positions they’re hiring for. You might think your degree has nothing to do with the work they do, but you could be wrong.

“A career fair is a learning opportunity,” says Dorothy Ritz, manager, Career Development and Experiential Learning (CDEL). “It’s a good idea to go in your first year and every year after that as well, so you can collect information about different companies.”

Before you go to the career fair, check out the full list of participating employers and do your homework. CDEL’s advice is to look and be professional, prepare your resume, update your LinkedIn profile, learn about the employers that you’re interested in and ask questions when you’re there.

“Students feel intimidated because they don’t know how to start the conversation,” says Tiffani Lok, CDEL’s event and database assistant. “They wonder what to ask or if it’s weird to just email instead. Just come to the fair, reach out and ask if they’re hiring. There will be a person here for you to talk to.”

Info sessions
Throughout the year

Info sessions are presented by a variety of organizations, usually in a classroom, in which representatives break down what makes an ideal job candidate. Students will be able to ask questions, and often the representatives hang around after to talk with students and faculty members.

Dorothy says these info sessions are open to everyone, so don’t feel limited if the presenting company doesn’t sound like a fit for you.

“When Edmonton Public Schools came, they were interested in connecting with education and early learning students,” she recalls. “In addition, they asked that we inform students in social work, police and investigations, and child and youth care as well because they hire in all those areas.”

You can also drop in at employer information tables located around campus. Watch CDEL’s Facebook page and MacEwanLife for upcoming employer visits.

MacEwanLife job board
Throughout the year

Did you know 3,000 employers post jobs on the MacEwanLife job board? They’re looking for MacEwan students and alumni to fill paid, permanent, part-time and volunteer positions.

“We're constantly hearing employers ask about how they can engage with our students,” says Dorothy. “That’s an important message. These employers want MacEwan students.”


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