Career centre message not reaching some students

Dalhousie’s career centre is increasing staff to meet student demands but some students say they are unaware of its services

King’s registrar, Elizabeth Yeo, confirming information is available in the student’s handbook. (Photo: Elsa Chang)

The Dalhousie University Career and Leadership Development Centre increased its team of advisers from four to 12 in 2013. This service helps both Dalhousie and King’s university students with job and career placement. However, many students still appear to be unaware of this service.

Chris Glover, manager of the centre, says the increase in staff should alleviate the long-waiting list of students.

In the past, “One adviser in a single day might be able to see six students,” he says. “We can now see up to 20 students in an afternoon.”

The office helps students compose and review resumes, and write cover letters. It provides job searches, and fosters skill development.

Glover says, “It’s important that we see students regularly to help them and that’s a focus of our department.”

Although most students know how to use the libraries, writing centre, and the Tiger Patrol, a number say they have never heard about the Career and Leadership Centre at Dalhousie.

The Canadian unemployment rate for youths aged 15 to 24 has been rising steadily for a year, hitting 13.6 per cent in May. If more students knew how to use the career centre, this number might decrease.

Some King’s students are not sure whether they can access Dalhousie’s services.

Glover says, “King’s students are also on our distribution list, and all our services are open to King’s students.”

King’s first-year students Sydney Adamson and Evan Wiseman both had no idea that King’s students could access this service at Dalhousie.

King’s student, Sydney Adamson (left) and Evan Wiseman (right), explore access to services at Dalhousie. (Photo: Elsa Chang)

Adamson says she carefully read the emails that were sent from King’s during registration week, but she says she hadn’t heard about the career centre and she didn’t know that King’s students are able to use this Dalhousie facility.

The only service she had heard about was the Dal Writing Centre, when she was taking a calculus course at Dalhousie. “I heard about it through Dal’s, not King’s registration office.”

Wiseman says, “Many students haven’t heard about the career centre.”

Darrin Carr, a Dalhousie fourth-year theatre student had heard about the career centre but was not aware of its location in the Student Union Building.

“It’s good to know Dalhousie has that service, as many friends of mine struggle with what to do after graduation,” he says.

Like other students, Edrees Almansoori, third-year Dalhousie’s electrical engineering student, came to the library and uses the service at Writing Centre regularly, but he is unhappy that he doesn’t know about other university services that are available.

Full scholarship student, Edrees Almansoori, immersed in academic study at Dal’s Killam Library.  (Photo: Elsa Chang)

“I am an international student, and paid a lot of money, but don’t know about the services they offer,” he says.

Glover explains through use of social media, Dal’s website advertises their services.

“We actually send information to all new students, especially Dalhousie students,” he says. “In the Dalhousie student union handbook, the information is there.”

The centre has a Facebook page with more than 530 likes.

But there are still some students who appear to be unaware as students might ignore large batches of emails that are sent from the school administration.

The King’s registrar, Elizabeth Yeo, confirms information is available in the student’s handbook.

“We are open to suggestions as to what else would helpful,” Yeo says. “Maybe there is more the school needs to do.”

But she also states that students are responsible for checking their emails since this is the official form of communication within university.

Yeo says, “If students choose not to check their email, there is nothing we can do about it, but they are missing important information that they need to be getting.”

The use of social media such as Facebook is one way to reach students.

Adamson suggested King’s could “have a Facebook group to post all new events, things that have happened, and service opportunities.”

Other suggestions were to post signs with directions to the career office or ask professors to publicize the service in their classes.



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