President's Report 2007

Memorial’s career support goes virtually everywhere for students

Lynn Walsh and Chris Hounsell

Memorial’s Centre for Career Development (CCD) went virtually everywhere this past year, introducing several online tools to help students and alumni find jobs.

From tweaking resumes and cover letters, to brushing up on interview skills and learning how to go about a job search, the CCD has taken its career advice online to appeal to an ever-growing technologically savvy student population.

Programs like its Virtual Job Finding Club (VJFC) and Realtime Career Chat are web-based initiatives that have allowed Memorial to branch out and connect with students in a way the centre wasn’t able to in the past.

“In short, we’re changing how we offer career advice to better serve clients,” said Chris Hounsell, one of the employment development co-ordinators with CCD. “We still offer our services in-person if somebody wants to drop by our offices, but we’re cognizant of the fact that many of our clients are looking for different ways to get career advice.” The centre has posted audio presentations that provide career advice on their website, and have even offered a virtual job fair online – it’s all about appealing today’s generation, Mr. Hounsell said.