TORONTO, March 19th 2016 – New Horizon Career Club (NHC) is honored to assist Ms. Ivy Wang from Ontario Financing Authority (OFA) in organizing a seminar on co-op and internship. She invited five experienced professionals from financial industry to share their insights around job searching, co-op program and interviews.
The seminar began with a keynote speech presented by Mr. David Cross, Senior Advisor, Credit Analysis and Rating Relations, OFA. Prior to OFA, he also worked for Reuters UK and Reuters Canada.
David highlighted a few key benefits of co-op program that include increasing competitive edge, sharpening skills, enriching experiences, seeking career interests and building good graduation profiles, all leading to more confidence in seeking full time positions.
Furthermore, he shared some useful interview preparation tools and tips. Firstly, candidates should demonstrate reasonable understanding of job posting by conducting a thorough research. Secondly, a good first impression can be most likely secured by showing your genuine interest. Lastly, using a story telling technique called PAR, short for ‘Problem, Action, Result’, can be an effective communication method.
He further elaborated how to communicate effectively. It is critical to speak slowly and well articulate your answer, so your response is clear and concise. Additionally, he advised students to keep in touch with managers or colleagues after the completion of co-op terms for potential work references and job opportunities.
At the end of his presentation, David summarized two key factors that can set you for success on the job – paying attention to details and being proactive and constructive. Even the smallest oversight or error will result in concerns on reliability and trust worthy. On the other end, providing solutions instead of critics can add value to your team.
The workshop was then followed by a panel discussion moderated by the experienced professionals: Ivy Wang, Joanne Lee, Tracy Zhang, Daisy Song and Vivian Dai.
A few advices were emphasized by the panelists:
Collaboration is more important than technical skills
Setting up periodic one on one meetings with managers is a proactive way to learn and obtain feedbacks
Volunteering for extracurricular activities to increase exposures
Setting up casual coffee chats with colleagues from other teams to learn different functions within organization and employment opportunities
Do not ask for more work directly, instead, propose some new solutions or new measurements to support the current group’s function
Tracy, P&L/Risk Reporting analyst, CIBC, shared her unique experience of getting her first co-op job without being enrolled in a co-op program. She also pointed out that recruitment agents played a vital role in her job hunting. In addition to sending out resume online or to company websites, candidates could upload his or her profile on websites like monster or indeed that are widely used by recruiters.
Per feedback collected after the seminar, it is evident that the attendants benefited greatly from the workshop. Attendants stayed after the seminar for further in-depth discussions with the speakers until the room was required to close.
By continuously inviting more speakers to share their insights, NHC adheres to the mandate of creating the best platform to help young professions fulfilling their career goals and ambitions.
NHC thanks Ivy, David, Joanne, Tracy, Daisy and Vivian sincerely for their time and wonderful presentations. They showed great knowledge of their fields and demonstrated great energy in their presentations. Audiences really enjoyed the discussions and interactions with speakers and panelists.
We also appreciate the contribution from our volunteers and support from everybody attended the event.