Employment Fair Just One of Many Offerings by the Glendon Counselling and Career Centre
The Glendon Counselling and Career Centre welcomed 15 companies in the Glendon cafeteria at its semi-annual Employment Fair on Tuesday, October 18th . Employers’ booths were staffed by enthusiastic and well-informed representatives who brought handouts providing detailed information about the positions they were offering, as well as useful basics about job search and interviewing techniques.
Something we haven’t seen in the labour market for a while: financial institutions such as CIBC, Wells Fargo Financial and TD-Canada Trust looking for bright young graduates, possibly without experience, and offering them extensive professional training. CIBC, Optima Communications, Bluesky Personnel, Club Auto Roadside Services and others were also interested in part time student employees for customer service at call centres requiring shift work.
Above: Students at theThe TD-Canada Trust table
Every employer representative, without exception, stated that the number one reason for recruiting at Glendon is the high level of bilingualism our students and graduates possess. It’s a qualification they can’t train for on the job and it continues to be of great demand. The excellent organizational, communication and critical thinking skills of Glendon students also make them their first choice for many positions.
The Glendon Counselling and Career Centre organizes several other special events throughout the academic year, such as Volunteer Day, Law Day and Psychology Day. Their complete list of offerings is on their website, at www.glendon.yorku.ca/counselling .
“We continue to work hard to provide students with the help they need for their career and personal concerns”, says Dr. Pam Broley, director of the Centre. As the Glendon representative on ACCESS York (York University's Advisory Committee for Persons with Special Needs), Broley has been instrumental in bringing new accessibility improvements to Glendon: the wheelchair ramp leading to the cafeteria entrance, other ramps, and a new accessible washroom in York Hall. There is also a well-established peer tutoring program organized by the Centre for students with learning or other disabilities. Some of their services include study skills and time management training, assistance with note-taking and special arrangements for writing exams.
A new study group program has been received with enthusiasm by the students. “Students register online”, says Broley, “and the Centre sets up groups of 3 or 4 students who attend the same course. We provide a peer tutor to get things started, but from then on the students carry on independently. It has been a real success story.”
Another innovation is the Centre’s online anonymous self-screening program. Students answer an online questionnaire to identify their levels of stress or depression. They don’t need to disclose who they are, but are then able to make a confidential personal appointment with a counsellor at the Centre for further help. Stress reduction/relaxation groups are also available.
Left: Glendon students are eager to connect with company representatives at the Employment Fair
“We are here to help our students in a format that defines the essence of Glendon”, adds Broley, “the personal, individual attention that only a small campus can offer.” For a comprehensive list of services and programs at the Glendon Counselling and Career Centre, everyone is encouraged to visit their website at www.glendon.yorku.ca/counselling.
This article was submitted to Y File by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny.