Earn while you learn at Douglas College with SEC and Co-op

Whether you’re looking to find work while you’re going to school or searching for a job related to your studies after you graduate, Douglas College has the resources you need.

Both the Student Employment Centre and Co-operative Education help students earn while they learn by placing students with job opportunities that can lead to careers related to their studies, including Douglas alum Iain McHugh, who received a permanent position with the Vancouver Whitecaps following his Co-op with the organization.

Co-operative Education (Co-op) combines academic studies with related work experience. After completing the first half of a diploma, degree or university transfer program, eligible Co-op students alternate semesters of classroom studies with semesters of paid, full-time employment.

The Co-ops provide students with the opportunity to network and make connections with members in their field of interest, opening the doors for future work. For more information, attend one of Co-ops information sessions this month.

The Student Employment Centre (SEC) provides a wealth of resources for current students and alumni who are searching for work opportunities. Established two years ago, the SEC is the on-campus office for any job-search related needs for students, including those who have graduated and are looking to transition into a career focusing on their area of study, or those who need part-time work while they’re going through school. With offices at both campuses as well as online resources available, SEC provides assistance with resumes, cover letters, interview preparation and job-search techniques, and also offers individual appointments, and weekly drop-in hours and workshops. Online services include resume and cover letter review, coaching, and a very active job board. Positions posted by employers vary from paid full-time and part-time, to seasonal and temporary, as well as volunteer opportunities.

Additionally, throughout the year the SEC is involved in organizing a variety of on-campus employer related events including career/job fairs, program specific employer speed networking sessions, as well as on-campus employer recruiting sessions. Check the SEC Events Calendar regularly for updates.

For more information about Co-op, contact Lianne Johnston at 604 527 5769 and for information on SEC, contact Barb Kojder at 604 527 5890.

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