backpack2Briefcase (b2B)

backpack2Briefcase (b2B) is an exciting program at Durham College (DC) designed to help students and recent alumni make a smooth transition from college to the workplace. 

Events and workshops will be held at both the Oshawa and Whitby campus throughout the year to offer opportunities for both personal and professional development that will enhance the skills and training students learn in the classroom such as:

  • Networking opportunities with potential employers through job fairs and other events.
  • How to build a comprehensive, relevant and appropriate social media presence.
  • Valuable leadership skills.
  • Financial tips and tricks to support students pre- and- post-graduation.
  • Opportunities to interact with DC alumni for a real-world glimpse at post-graduation possibilities.

b2B will also support DC’s co-curricular recognition program, which acknowledges a student’s participation in campus activities that will complement their resume, portfolio, academic transcript and more. 

The program is supported by our DC Alumni Association and is offered in partnership with Career Development the Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions and Financial Aid.

 

NEW THIS YEAR!

Durham College is now a member of the Ten Thousand Coffees network. This extensive online platform allows you to connect with other students and alumni in a mentor-mentee capacity.  You’ll be introduced to a new connection each month, based on your interests.  Register for free today durhamcollege.tenthousandcoffees.com.

For more information about the program, please contact Lisa McInerneyManager, Alumni Engagement, at Lisa.McInerney@durhamcollege.ca or 905.721.3035.

List of events

EnRICHed Academy | Online

This series of fun and insightful videos will help you understand the fundamentals of saving and investing while teaching you what to avoid when it comes to credit and debt. To access the Enriched Academy log into MyCampus and click on the Financial Aid tab.

LINKEDIN 101 | FALL DATE TBD

A potential employer is going to search your name when you apply for a job, so you want them to see something professional. This session will cover the following:

  • Features of a great profile
  • Tips to best present your skills and experience
  • Job searching on LinkedIn
  • The basics of networking

Feel free to bring a laptop or mobile device so you can make the most of this session.  Light refreshments will be available. Please register through the Events/Workshops Calendar on the Hired portal at hired.durhamcollege.ca. Log in with your MyCampus login and password.

MONEY MATTERS | WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019

Learn about spending, borrowing and saving when you graduate. 

Wednesday, October 16
Time:noon – 1 p.m.

Location: CFCE 118

Free pizza is offered to students at this event!

Click here to register. Login with your DC Connect credentials, and click on the “Register for an Event” blue button at the top.

ETIQUETTE DINNER | MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019

Learn business dining etiquette and enjoy a great meal. Etiquette consultant Fatima Di Valentin will conduct a practical lab where you will learn how to properly navigate a three-course meal through to dessert. You will be provided valuable tips and dos and don’ts throughout the experience.

This dinner is a fun event where you will learn dining etiquette while enjoying a great meal at Bistro ’67.

Monday, November 18, 2019
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased using cash or credit card in person at the Alumni office located in the Simcoe Village Residence or by calling the Alumni office at 905.721.3035.

LINKEDIN 101 | WINTER DATE TBD

A potential employer is going to search your name when you apply for a job, so you want them to see something professional. This session will cover the following:

  • Features of a great profile
  • Tips to best present your skills and experience
  • Job searching on LinkedIn
  • The basics of networking

Feel free to bring a laptop or mobile device so you can make the most of this session.  Light refreshments will be available. Please register through the Events/Workshops Calendar on the Hired portal.  Log in with your MyCampus login and password.

PERSONAL PITCH - OSHAWA CAMPUS | TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020

Drop by between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn about how to create your perfect 30-second “elevator” pitch. Check the Hired portal to confirm time and location.

PERSONAL PITCH - WHITBY CAMPUS | THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020

Drop by between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn about how to create your perfect 30-second “elevator” pitch. Check the Hired portal to confirm time and location.

ALUMNI IN THE PIT | TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020

Alumni in the Pit is back, as two more prominent Durham College (DC) grads return to campus to connect with students, share industry insights and advice and shine a light on life after college.

Visit www.durhamcollege.ca/alumniinthepit for more information.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT | MARCH, 2020

Join in the excitement at the 2020 Student Leadership Summit. This annual conference on student leadership challenges you to break the mold by providing you with tools to foster innovation, develop your professional portfolio and challenge previous ways of thinking. The Student Leadership Summit features a keynote speaker and innovative sessions which will inspire you to break out of your comfort zone and start achieving your goals!

COUNTDOWN TO GRAD | MARCH 3, 4 AND 5, 2020

Students graduating in 2020 can drop in to enjoy a free pizza lunch and find out everything they need to know about convocation, employment services, and alumni benefits. In addition, you will receive a gift and have a chance to win some great prizes.

Oshawa campus
March 3, 2020

Pickering Learning Site
March 4, 2020

Whitby campus
March 5, 2020

ETIQUETTE DINNER | MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020

Learn business dining etiquette and enjoy a great meal. Etiquette consultant Fatima Di Valentin will conduct a practical lab where you will learn how to properly navigate a three-course meal through to dessert. You will be provided valuable tips and dos and don’ts throughout the experience.

This dinner is a fun event where you will learn dining etiquette while enjoying a great meal at Bistro ’67.

Monday, March 9, 2020
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased using cash or credit card in person at the Alumni office located in the Simcoe Village Residence or by calling the Alumni office at 905.721.3035.

Attend b2B events and earn Co-curricular credit

DC students who register and attend four or more of the approved b2B events will receive b2B recognition on their co-curricular record (CCR).

 The CCR program recognizes student participation in qualifying on-campus activities, allowing students to produce an official record of their on-campus involvement by creating an online personalized co-curricular record. Through this program, you will earn DC’s official recognition of your on-campus involvements and activities outside the classroom. You can use this document when applying for employment and further education. Everything counts – make your resume, portfolio or academic transcript stand out among your peers!

 For more information on the Co-curricular Recognition Program visit www.durhamcollege.ca/ccr.