by Ethan Paquet
Holland College has 13 campuses and learning centres across PEI. They offer more than 60 programs to about 2,600 full-time students, including about 500 international students.
Their Office of Retention, Part-Time Study & Career Services helps students make informed decisions about their education and career by providing one-on-one support and informational sessions to assist in areas such as writing resumés and cover letters, job searches, career planning, and more.
“We help students in all aspects of their academic and career pursuits,” says Haley Doherty, Employment and Career Advisor. “We also help students get connected with industry and resources on PEI to help maximize their potential.”
Addressing student realities
Haley says students have busy lives, which affects how and when they can access useful programs and services.
“Students are busy. They’re in class Monday to Friday, and many have responsibilities outside of school such as employment and family obligations. There are so many beneficial services and events on PEI that they can be utilizing, so we need to consider how to make it possible for them to do so.”
When they find the time to meet with her to discuss their career goals, they sometimes express concerns about other challenges in their lives, she says. It is an important reminder to always consider the whole student and all the responsibilities and roles they carry outside the classroom.
Finding employment while in school can be challenging. “Due to busy class schedules, students are often limited to working during specific times like evenings and weekends. Access to transportation can also be a barrier when work sites cannot be reached by public transit.”
Haley says the way to help students succeed is continued collaboration between support services on campus and in the community.
“I think the best way we can help support our students is through partnering with service providers so that we can make referrals to help them find success and support, whether it’s related to their career or another area of their life.”
She says collaboration between the College and local industries can help close labour gaps and provide students with the income and experience they need. “There are so many advantages to hiring students. It is an excellent strategy for companies to build their talent pipeline that benefits both students and industry.”
She invites service providers and industry leaders to reach out to discuss collaboration. “We’re always trying to build relationships and make connections. It’s important to realize that career development is lifelong, so we want to work with organizations to help our students and graduates succeed.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION
about Holland College’s Office of Retention, Part-Time Study & Career Services, visit www.hollandcollege.com/campus-life/office-of-retention-part-time-study-and-career-services.html.
To promote employment opportunities to Holland College students and alumni, submit your job posting(s) here: https://www.hollandcollege.com/employer.html
Contact Haley Doherty, Employment and Career Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org