Editorial: Career Services should do more to promote part-time jobs

Carleton’s Career Services has been an important resource for students on campus whether it is reviewing résumés and cover letters, or providing job postings. However, there’s always room for improvement. It seems that the efforts of the centre are focused on landing students co-op placements and there isn’t enough support for students looking for part-time jobs. The centre should do more to give equal support to those students. It’s undeniable that landing a co-op position provides students with skills that make them more successful in their field, but part-time jobs can also yield the same results in terms of skill and experience. Since co-op students pay a fee to the co-op program, it seems understandable that the centre prioritizes them […]

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Part-time jobs push students to the limit

With tuition, housing costs, and food to consider, many Canadian college and university students must complete their undergrad alongside a part-time job. According to a Statistics Canada report from 2010, the percentage of students working a part-time job during their post-secondary education has increased over the last 35 years from one in four, to one in two. This is due in part to the increasing inflation of tuition fees since the 1990s. Alongside this increase of student employment, René Morissette, the assistant director and research director of Statistics Canada, said job quality for youth has deteriorated over the last four decades. However, youth tend to find employment faster than their adult counterparts because of their willingness to take a variety […]

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Student begged for a job—and got one

A student from the University of Ottawa (U of O) was offered a job after she spent two days “begging” for one outside of the Rideau Centre. Joanie Raphaelle Dantica was offered a housekeeping job at Domestic Bliss Services in Orleans after CTV aired a segment about her unusual job hunting strategy. Dantica called her strategy “networking.” She stood outside the Rideau Centre with a sign and resumés. “I had a couple people refer me to their church . . . I got a few business cards. I gave quite a few resumés. I had a man tell me where the best begging spots were. I had a few people feed me supper, which was great,” Dantica said. The owner […]

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