New program eases transition from campus to career
Graduation is both exhilarating and frightening
as grads face the transition from campus to career. Co-op,
combining study with work terms, provides employment and valuable
contacts before graduation for 30 per cent of UVic students.
But career assistance is also available to
students and grads who dont participate in the co-op
program. UVic career services has launched the Applied Career
Transitions (ACT) project, which will provide upcoming and
recent grads with the skills they need to identify employment
opportunities, contact potential employers and gain on-the-job
For four years, ACTs predecessor,
the Career Search Internship Program, was enormously successful
in helping grads find work, says career services manager
Jennifer Margison. But due to changes in participant
eligibility criteria, it no longer qualifies for federal funding.
While finding replacement funding presents us with a bit of
a challenge, it also gives us the opportunity to expand our
services through ACT to include not only grads, but future
Students participating in ACT will attend
a series of classroom sessions supported by one-on-one coaching
to develop their decision-making, networking, negotiation
and interview skills, and guide their career search process.
Students and grads will also have the option of negiotiating
further mentorship and/or internship with potential employers.
Career services is currently taking names
of graduating students and recent grads who want to participate
in the next ACT project, expected to begin in September. UVic
has always been at the forefront of providing its students
with experiential learning opportunities and it remains an
important objective in the universitys strategic plan,
says Ian Robertson, ACT coordinator. ACT will build
on that tradition to break new ground in helping students
make the transition from university to career.
For more information on ACT, contact Robertson
or Paula Pothier at 472-4286.