Career Launch – your passport to success

Career Launch – your passport to success is a custom-tailored program designed specifically to assist Durham College (DC) students and soon to be graduates, to make a comfortable and confident transition from college to the workplace. Events and workshops will be held at both the Oshawa and Whitby campus throughout the year.

The Career Launch – your passport to success program is organized in partnership with the following offices: Career Development, Financial Aid and Awards, the Office of Development and Alumni Affairs and the Office of Student Diversity, Inclusion and Transitions. 

Our team highly encourages every student to attend each of the Career Launch – your passport to success events as each session offers unique and beneficial personal and professional development opportunities, such as:

  • Growing your network and confidence through participating in programs such as DC Coffee Conversations. 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.
  • Accessing opportunities to acquire and practice real-world skills by attending employer recruitment events, DC Talks: Alumni Series , the Etiquette dinner and the Institute of Student Leadership Summit and Gala.
  • Discovering how to build a comprehensive, relevant and appropriate social media presence through our brand building events.
  • Building valuable leadership skills through participation in the Institute of Student Leadership.
  • Increasing financial knowledge and confidence by learning how to budget and manage money through the Enriched Academy.

Your participation in Career Launch – your passport to success may also be recognized through the Co-curricular Recognition Program (CCR). A Co-curricular Recognition Record is a downloadable transcript which acknowledges a student’s participation in campus activities that will complement their resume, portfolio, and academic transcript. For more information on the Co-curricular Recognition Program and qualifying on-campus activities please visit www.durhamcollege.ca/ccr.

LIST OF EVENTS

ENRICHED ACADEMY

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.

ETIQUETTE DINNER

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.

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

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.

BRAND BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES

The following sessions will be held each term:

  • Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile
  • Creating and Practicing Your Personal Pitch
  • Building Your Professional Network
  • Developing Your Career Resiliency

DC students and alumni are fortunate to have access to free individual career coaching services to help you establish career goals, discover solutions to challenges, develop action plans, build self-confidence, and encourage motivation to take action and achieve work-related goals. Below is a list and short summary of the appointment types available:

  • Career Coaching - Establish career goals, discover solutions to challenges, develop action plans, build self-confidence, and provide motivation to move forward and achieve your career ambitions.
  • Cover Letter - Learn how to effectively analyze job postings to target employer needs. We will do this by identifying keywords and customizing your cover letter to target the specific position. Cover letters are essential to the job search and should accompany the resume unless the posting indicates otherwise.
  • Interview Techniques - Review best practices for both in-person and virtual interviews. Learn how to reduce your stress and maximize your interview performance to answer questions with confidence.
  • Job Search Strategies - Discuss strategies to find the type of employment you are seeking whether it be full-time, summer, part-time, or remote positions. You will be guided on how to effectively use the Hired portal and other job search engines, how to uncover the hidden job market, including how to avoid scams and protect yourself when looking for work.
  • LinkedIn - LinkedIn is a job search and networking tool that students in all fields should know. Meet with a coach to learn how to build a professional and effective profile or have your current profile reviewed to optimize your digital brand.
  • Networking and Creating Your Digital Brand - Discuss how to build an effective digital network with professionals and potential employers, and land new job opportunities. Learn how to use various networking platforms including DC Coffee Conversations and LinkedIn to your advantage when building your brand and network.
  • Resume - Learn how to create a targeted resume to make it through the initial screening process. During this session we will discuss using job posting keywords in your resumé and why this technique will increase your chances of making it through the initial screening process, specifically Applicant Tracking Systems. We will also cover how to articulate your skills and experiences to demonstrate your ability to perform the job
  • Virtual Mock Interviews - This is a safe space for you to receive constructive feedback and tips for improvement! The mock interview is an opportunity to become comfortable in front of the camera and see what it is like to be part of a professional virtual meeting.  Schedule a virtual mock interview with a coach to practice your online interview skills and learn virtual business etiquette.

Students are able to register for upcoming sessions and book appointments on the Hired portal.  Log in with your MyCampus login and password.

DC TALKS: ALUMNI SERIES

During DC Talks: Alumni Series you will hear from recent Durham College (DC) grads as they share the unique journey that took them from the classroom to the workforce. From industry insights and career tips to finding and landing their first job, returning alumni will answer questions and engage with students about what comes next.

INSTITUTE OF STUDENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

ISL 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!

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

INSTITUTE OF STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Get involved in campus activities, meet new friends and develop your leadership portfolio by joining the Institute of Student Leadership program. Register here to join the ISL today!

This self-guided, extra-curricular, non-academic certificate program is designed to enhance personal development through the creation of a leadership action plan with optional coaching, participation in engaging leadership development sessions and events, attending our annual Student Leadership Summit, completion of 20 leadership volunteer hours, and finally a short reflection activity. ISL members who successfully meet all program requirements are invited to attend our annual ISL Gala where they are presented their Institute of Student Leadership Certificate.

Students will engage in a five part series designed to enhance knowledge acquisition, cognitive complexity, intrapersonal development, interpersonal development, humanitarianism and civic engagement, practical competence and reflection. All experiences will encompass the ISL’s foundational pillars of personal and professional development, equity, diversity and inclusion, and career and collaboration.

View the Institute of Student Leadership’s upcoming session’s page here and see below for a short summary of what’s coming:

  • Be the Best You Strength Based Goal Setting – You Got This!

Ever wonder how you can be the best you can possibly be? This interactive session is intended to empower you to do your very best. Take a look at your strengths and the positive influence of goal setting and planning.

  • Becoming a Pro-Social Bystander

In these unprecedented times, the world is experiencing a global shift from #MeToo to Black Lives Matter. If you have you ever witnessed a dangerous situation or something that just didn’t seem right and you didn’t know how to help, join us as we explore techniques to becoming a pro-social bystander in today’s world.

  • Kissing with Consent

Learn about all things consent, about DC's sexual violence policy, and how to support someone who has been affected by sexual violence.

  • Time Management & Study Tips

This session will provide you with tips to help you study smarter instead of harder. You will walk away with some tangible time management strategies that you can implement to help you stay on top of your school work and life.

  • Get Involved!

Ever thought about getting involved on campus? How about making a difference in your local community? Join this session to hear why getting involved is so life changing for DC students.

  • Taking Care of You

“You are your best thing!” Taking care of yourself is the best way to maintain wellness and balance as a student and in life. In this session, you will learn how to take care of YOU so that you can be happy, healthy and successful.

  • Tell Us! What is your name?

Tell Us! What is your name is an informal conversation on names. So tell us, what’s your name, how do you spell it, does your name get mispronounced, is your name cultural, etc. This in-depth conversation will broaden participant’s horizons on names, cultures and society.

COUNTDOWN TO GRAD

Students graduating in 2021 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
TBD

Pickering Learning Site
TBD

Whitby campus
TBD

ETIQUETTE DINNER

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.

 

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

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 CAREER LAUNCH – YOUR PASSPORT TO SUCCESS events and earn Co-curricular credit

DC students who register and attend four or more of the approved Career Launch – your passport to success events will receive Career Launch – your passport to success 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.