When new students begin classes at Loyalist they spend their initial few days becoming familiar with the campus — locating classrooms, purchasing their textbooks and settling into their apartments. In addition to these responsibilities shared by all students, as individuals, they may have other requirements or concerns that can be confusing to deal with in their new environment. The college hosts the Getting Connected Fair to ease students’ transition into post-secondary education and make them aware of the full range of services and supports that are available.
On September 16th the Student Success, and Career and Employment Services groups combined what has been the traditional part-time job fair with the highly successful Getting Connected Fair. College representatives from the various student support areas were available to promote the types of services and supports offered to students. Information regarding on-campus work-study positions and part-time employment opportunities within the community were also available.
“Student success is dependent upon more than classroom studies,” said Jodie Russett of Success Services. “Our students come from different cultures and backgrounds — ranging from recent high school graduates to those with many years of life experience. With this diversity comes the need for specialized services. The college responds to these needs by offering assistance in areas such as counselling, disability services, resume clinics, aboriginal services, peer tutoring, international and career services. Our goal is to ensure that each student is afforded the best possible chance of success in their program.”
Justin Cherrier is a first-year Fitness and Health Promotion student from Ottawa. “The pace in a college classroom is much faster than in high school — maybe because the students have such a range of life experience. These services can help level the playing field in areas we might need some additional assistance. I’m looking for a part-time job — like many students I don’t have a car so learning there were many positions available on campus was great.”
“The Career Centre is offering a number of new services to assist students with their job search, including our weekly e-newsletter and a blog,” said Laura Naumann, Manager of Employment and Career Services. “We have over 200 work study positions available, several of which are specific to students’ fields of study. These opportunities, combined with the job postings from employers, provide students with many options. The Career Centre has a resource library— and we also assist in the development of job-search skills through one-on-one consultations, workshops and professional development seminars.”
Visit Student Success Services, for more information.