I always wonder what path students take after leaving my Business Communications classes at Conestoga College in Kitchener.
Most are international students pursuing the dream of studying, living and working in Canada. In class, I shared tips to help them manage their culture shock. I tell them I an ready to help them after arriving in a place with cold weather, funny food and people who talk funny — like me.
They shared recipes, movie recommendations and gritty enthusiasm that inspires me. I learn more than I teach, as I continue my own a second career as a communications teacher.
Sometimes, later on, I hear from them after they connect with me on my LinkedIn profile. I like the birthday greetings! I more usuallly receive messages looking for jobs or tips to polish their LinkedIn profile. They remembered how I repeated “put your LinkedIn profile to work for you” in class!
Now is the time to put all the persuasion skills we talked about in class to work. It’s time to tell relatable stories that leads to a job interview. It’s time to engage in storytelling with a personal purpose.
Use career support services
After graduation, my essential employment advice is the same as I offered in class. Use every support service and assistance available to you from Conestoga. You paid for it in your tuition.
I urge students to book a career support session at this link: https://mycareer.conestogac.on.ca/students-alumni/studentLogin.htm
If you’re not a Conestoga graduate and looking for a job, I urge you to investigate alumni support services at the school you attended. Or, contact Conestoga to access their government-supported free career services: https://www.conestogac.on.ca/career-centre
I also share job postings in my social media feeds and job search links for the Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo area.
The Ontario Employment Standards Act spells out the rules and regulations for employers and employees in the Province of Ontario.
Waterloo Region, Wellington and Dufferin counties
Government of Canada online Job Bank
Lutherwood community support services
Facebook job boards
Cambridge, Ontario Jobs (Lutherwood)
Opportunity jobs Kitchener-Waterloo
Jobs Available in Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge
Kitchener-Waterloo Jobs (Lutherwood)
Jobs in Kitchener Waterloo Group
What other job supports do you recommend in Cambridge, Kitchener or Waterloo? Please share information in the comments below.