Taking his education to the bank

By Maia Odegaard, Marketing and Communications

The Douglas College Career Centre is designed to support students (and grads!) looking to build their careers by gaining skills, experience and more. Whether you’re interested in spending a semester doing co-operative education, want to find out about volunteer opportunities on campus, are looking for one-on-one career coaching or free workshops, start your search at the career centre.

Another program available to students – specifically those pursuing a post-degree diploma – is the Career Boost Program, which involves a series of six workshops, including skills identification, how to use LinkedIn to your advantage and other valuable sessions. Students are also given ongoing support throughout the program and after graduation until they find full-time employment. Keep reading to find out what one PDD Finance student thought of the Career Boost Program.

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Neel came to Canada to further his education and gain work experience. With a degree in mathematics, economics and statistics under his belt, he decided to enhance his job opportunities with a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Finance at Douglas.

He also decided to enlist the help of the Career Centre. “I’d been with a temporary staffing agency but almost all of the jobs were unrelated to my education,” he says. He joined the Career Boost Program, developed for post-degree program students to help them gain skills and knowledge related to career development.

“They helped me reformat my resumé and highlight key areas, polish my interview skills, and taught me about networking,” he says. “There’s even a session on updating your LinkedIn profile so that it’s free from irrelevant information and has all of your current work experience and skills. It’s also a place where you might meet people in the same field, or even future employers, so keeping it perfect is essential.”

It worked: Neel landed a job at a major bank and is working toward becoming an investment banker.

“The Career Centre helped me land a great job by bringing in individuals from different financial institutions to meet with Douglas College students,” says Neel. “Furthermore, they helped me fine tune my skills, knowledge and resumé to make the best out of the opportunities available.”

Want to build your career? With the Career Centre you can gain skills and experience, make money while going to school and even land your dream job. Take advantage of work and volunteer opportunities, career coaches, career development workshops and more.

New Westminster Campus, room S2844
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604 527 5889

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