Ryerson’s Career Boost Program takes work-integrated learning to a new level

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One of the great things about working with our HigherEdPoints Participating Institutions is getting to know more about their unique campus initiatives. We were thrilled to learn of Ryerson’s “Career Boost” program, run through the campus Career Center.

Many campuses have work-study programs, which provide students with opportunities to work on-campus during the school year. Ryerson’s Career Boost program takes the concept to a new level–by coordinating additional opportunities for students and recent grads off-campus, and through the summer.

It’s a win for all involved–by having the program coordinated by Ryerson, employers and students have a hub through which to find each other and a mechanism to provide two-way feedback. The fact that jobs are available off campus, through the summer and to grads is what makes the program unique. Ryerson even provides some funding for the employers to support the students’ earnings.

Here’s information straight from Ryerson:

Ryerson’s Career Boost Work Experience Program

As part of its aim to provide students with valuable summer work experience opportunities, and employers the ability to engage with top talent, Ryerson has launched Career Boost Off Campus.

Running over the summer period (May to September), the Career Boost program assists GTA based, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and non-profits with an opportunity to target top talent at supporting a specific team or project full-time for an up to 14 week period.

As part of its commitment to supporting local SMEs and non-profit organizations, Ryerson University will be providing employers with financial support to assist in covering the student’s stipend.

As Canada’s leader in innovative and career-focused education, Ryerson is the most applied-to university in Ontario. We offer more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs spread across six faculties. Our diverse candidate pool comes from the Faculties of Arts, Science, Business, Community and Social Services, Engineering, Communications and Design.

As part of supporting students who have traditionally faced barriers in the workforce, Career Boost will particularly promote opportunities to students and recent alumni (up to one year out) from equity-seeking backgrounds and / or non-linear degree programs.

Ryerson’s Career Boost team acts as the University’s formal partner throughout the work experience and maintains a regular link with students throughout their position. The Career Boost team oversees the marketing of opportunities to students, as well as conducting the first round of application short-listing.

The most applicable submissions are then passed on to the employer for interview consideration. Additionally, all Career Boost students benefit from participating in Ryerson’s student employee development program, Career Checkpoint.

For further details or to discuss how Career Boost can support your organization’s needs, please contact our team at: careerboost@ryerson.ca

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