Opening the door to opportunity

Opening the door to opportunity

Career portal opens up opportunities for Selkirk College students and employers.

Selkirk College is filled with students possessing the talents and skills needed in today’s workforce. A new college online service now makes it easier for employers to connect with this deep pool of future employees.

The Co-Op Education & Employment Services (CEES) branch of Selkirk College launched the Career Portal earlier this year to help students and recent graduates search for jobs and employers find the skilled individuals they are seeking.

“The online Career Portal makes connecting students and employers easy,” says Brenda Smith, manager of CEES. “The way employers are hiring and students are searching for work has changed. The online Career Portal makes the hiring connection between student and employer much more efficient. This is really an exciting step for the college.”

It took two years to implement the portal that can be found on the Selkirk College website (selkirk.ca). The portal was launched as a pilot project with Selkirk co-op education students in February, 2013. Now fully operational and open to all students, so far 343 jobs have been posted and more than 450 people have viewed jobs posted in the last 30 days.

The portal is one way Selkirk College is furthering its Strategic Vision in preparing students for work and providing a skilled workforce as an integral component for the sustainability of the communities it serves.

When students visit the site, the portal connects them to job postings and allows them to directly upload their resume and cover letter to employers. With a personalized student number, the portal helps keep track of the jobs applied for and interviews secured.

Employers who use the portal are provided access to the site where they can directly upload job postings. They then receive access to the applicant’s resume and cover letter as they respond to the posting.

Sekirk’s online Career Portal has teamed up with the Going Global job search engine to provide international work and internship opportunities for students. This is another valued added for Selkirk students wishing to have an international work experience. Through the Going Global database, more than 600,000 internships and job listings are available daily from around the globe. Many of these jobs are available for viewing via Selkirk’s online Career Portal.

The launch of the portal is part of a five-year plan to enhance employment services and support for Selkirk students and graduates. Selkirk’s entry into this service helps connect students and employers, making a significant contribution to the regional economy.

Selkirk College’s CEES has been in existence for over 20 years and currently provides six core services: the Co-op Education program, employment services, graduate services, aboriginal job opportunities, going global internship and the TeckServ summer internship. This fall, CEES is in the process of creating a physical space at the Castlegar campus called the College to Career Centre which will open in LLB-019 on Nov. 14.  This centre will welcome current students, graduates, and potential and existing employers.

The Career Portal can be launched at: www.selkirk.ca/cees