Guess what time it is?
It’s summer job hunt time!
Think it’s too early? Think again! The employment process takes quite a long time. From the employer side of things: First you have to sort through resumes, then do interviews, have feedback, then do some testing, have more feedback, maybe conduct some more interviews, have even more feedback, and then finally make a decision – then maybe you’ll hear back. This can take weeks and even months! When it comes to the government, the competition is stiff and you need to get in early because of all that red tape… BTW know where the term “red tape” comes from?
If you’re hoping to get a great summer job/internship you need to start looking now. In fact, the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) closed back in October: http://jobs-emplois.gc.ca/fswep-pfete/index-eng.htm.
Oh Crud. You might have missed it! Don’t you worry, there are still plenty of opportunities open for you to find work relevant to your field. Because when it comes to working, would you rather work as a lab assistant or play World of Warcraft all day in the basement? Up to you!
Here are a couple of opportunities that are still open!
- Youth Canada Works (YCW): The program is open to both current and graduate students, ages 16-30 (for high school, CEGEP and undergrads). This program operates through Canadian Heritage with the Government of Canada. The goal is to give you practical work experience, improve your second language skills and preserving Canadian heritage. The program lasts 6-16 weeks either full- or part-time with positions available for French and English speakers. The fun part is that your job may involve travelling to new areas in Canada which the program may cover.
Registration is now open. Check online: http://www.pch.gc.ca/special/jct-ycw/index-eng.cfm
- Canada Summer Jobs 2011: This program is available through Services Canada and the Government of Canada. The program provides funding to employers, like not-for-profits, the public sector and employers with fewer than 50 employees, to create summer jobs for students. The focus of the program is on local priorities to create results for students and their local communities, and to give students relevant work experience and student income.
Registration is from February 1-28. Check back in February for application information: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/epb/yi/yep/programs/scpp.shtml
- You don’t need to stick to the government!: Check out your dream employer’s website. Student employment is usually a big part of their Corporate Social Responsibility plan. Many employers will also go on to hire their interns. So you can build a full-time career once you graduate from your summer employment. It’s mostly the large employers who have special internship programs, but don’t be afraid to email the small and medium firms asking if they have summer positions available. It shows initiative. Here are a couple of examples of my dream internships from when I started my job hunt:
- Student Job Bank: When I first started job hunting last year, I only found the adult job bank. They had nearly every single job that was listed online (Not including the sketchy ones that say “Just come to the back door, we have a paper sign taped up so you can find it”). This website is a full service job bank for both public and private employers. The best part of this website is that it is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada which will provide you with every possible piece of knowledge it can! The site even allows you to create a free account to keep your resume on hand for easy send-offs.
Check out the job bank and browse through all the jobs online: http://www.jobbank.gc.ca/rch-eng.aspx?Student=Only
For more information or to contact one of GofC’s many service centres, check out http://www.youth.gc.ca. The government would love nothing more than to get you employed and create healthy young adults who contribute to society. Trust me; they stand little to gain from your playing Halo and Call of Duty all summer.
The biggest hurdle to summer employment is knowing the deadlines. Start now and look up all of your dream internships and get those resumes in ASAP!