In a whirlwind event similar to ‘speed dating,’ students from the Research Analyst program (RAP) met with prospective employers at the Barrie Campus on Jan. 16.
The RAP Internship and Job Fair, hosted by Georgian’s Centre for Co-operative Education, Internship and Career Services, featured representatives from 16 potential employers and 22 students. The employers were stationed at tables in the Georgian Dining Room and students had the opportunity to meet with each of them for 7 1/2 minutes. At the ring of a cow bell, the students moved on to the next table.
“It’s a real opportunity for sharing knowledge and letting the students know what types of jobs are out there,” said Pat Roberts, Georgian Career Consultant. “What’s really interesting is that many people representing the organizations are graduates of the Research Analyst program.”
Amie Presley and Lisa Newton are good examples. Both work as research analysts for the Toronto District School Board and both are RAP grads. Lisa completed her internship with the school board and stayed on as an analyst.
“This is a great event for the students. We tell them about all the jobs available, such as surveying, design, data management – a real variety of projects. The school board has hired several grads and they like that they’re ready to hit the floor running, able to conduct research as soon as they’re hired,” said Lisa.
Graduates can find jobs in a variety of sectors, said RAP grad Dionne Daley. She works for Hotspex, a company that focuses on marketing research. “It explores the emotional underpinnings of consumer behaviour,” said Dionne. “It’s a lively, fun place to work and the company hires people from diverse educational backgrounds.”
Denver Redman is also a RAP grad and now works as a client advocate at Environics Analytics. Some students and faculty members refer to him as “the face of the RAP program,” as he has been featured in promotional materials for many years. Like Lisa and Dionne, he also landed a job at the firm where he completed his internship.
“Environics Analytics is a small, dynamic, growing company with a really open atmosphere. It’s also a very challenging environment, as the projects and work are very complex. This is a good event for students to learn about what people really do after they graduate,” said Denver. “I encourage them to speak as much as possible in the time they have, because it’s good practice for them and because the company is seeking interns. There are some solid opportunities for RAP graduates.”