Mar 13, 2019

Vancouver, BC – Langara College will celebrate its third annual Co-op and Career Week from March 18–21, 2019. There will be 22 events hosted during the week including industry panels, student showcases, and a career fair. Industry speakers will range from human resource managers and business professionals to scientists and creative arts experts.

Co-op and Career Week allows students to connect with a range of employers and as a result, students gain a stronger understanding of jobs and careers in their field of study before they graduate. At the same time, employers have an opportunity to meet the next generation aspiring to work in their field, discover the diverse talents of Langara students, and share insights.

“Showcasing a variety of companies and careers helps our students think about their courses and learn about job roles they might pursue,” said Jennifer Reid, Co-op & Career Instructor and event organizer. “Many companies are interested in understanding more about our students, their talents, and skills they bring to the workforce as it relates to their company’s employment hiring strategies.”

Students are able to attend as many events as they like and are strongly encouraged to network with the employers. Free resume workshops, interview practice sessions, and Dress for Success events are also scheduled leading up to Co-op and Career Week to help prepare students.

“This week helped me realize where I want to be in my future. By talking with industry professionals, I understand more about what it would be like to work in my dream job,” Criminal Justice student about 2018 Co-op and Career Week.

This year students will be able to meet with over 50 employers including:

  • RBC Royal Bank
  • BCHydro
  • RCMP Forensics
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
  • Microsoft AI
  • CIBC
  • KPMG
  • Telus
  • YVR
  • DBB Canada
  • Vancouver Police Department
  • LifeLabs Medical
  • Hootsuite
  • City of Vancouver
  • Kickstart Technologies
  • And more

“Connecting organizations with our talented students enables employers to meet their strategic hiring needs while at the same time giving our students a chance to explore a variety of hiring and training programs in various industries,” said Heather Workman, Department Chair, of the Co-op & Career Development Centre. “Langara has a variety of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) options and we work with a wide range of companies to match them with student talent.”

This event coincides with Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning (CEWIL) Canada’s annual Co-op & WIL Week celebrations, which highlight the achievements of future-ready students and the impact those students had in their 2018 work-integrated learning experiences. Langara’s Co-op and Career Development Centre will be presenting the Langara College Co-op Student of the Year Award and the Langara College Internship Student of the Year Award during the event. These awards are presented to students who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their work terms, contributed to the employer’s business, and made a lasting impression on their respective programs.

About the Co-op and Career Development Centre
The Co-op and Career Development Centre at Langara College offers a variety of work integrated learning options for students to gain valuable work experience to complement their academic studies. Thirty-seven years in the making, Langara College was the first college in British Columbia to offer co-operative education. Since then, the department has expanded co-op options in computer science, business, marketing, accounting, recreation management, and bioinformatics to include work experience internships for Post-Degree Diploma students, facilitating the University of California – Riverside Disney Field School, supporting social innovation initiatives and a variety of unique career services and events.

About Langara College
Located in beautiful Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Langara College provides University, Career, and Continuing Studies education to more than 21,000 students annually. With more than 1,700 courses and 130 programs, Langara’s expansive academic breadth and depth allows students of all ages, backgrounds, and life stages to choose their own educational path. Langara is also known as house of teachings, a name given to it by the Musqueam people on whose unceded traditional territory the College is located. Langara is celebrating its 49th year on West 49th Avenue with Beyond 49, an integrated celebration, alumni engagement, and fundraising campaign to reconnect with alumni, and raise funds for student support and important College initiatives.

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Charlotte Sander
Communications and Marketing
Langara College