Due the nature of the RAC (Recognition of Acquired Competencies) process, we tend to meet a large number of individuals who are seeking recognition of their life and work experience, often with varied reasons behind their decision to do so. One of the most common, however, is a desire to acquire a job, especially with individuals who have only recently arrived in Canada. Upon reviewing the stats of our ITCS (Information Technology Client Support) services
from 2011 to 2014, we found that 70% of the candidates that had no Canadian IT work experience prior to completing the RAC process, ended up with their first IT job after.
In an effort to further increase the probability of our candidates finding employment, we’ve recently started hosting “talent searches,” where local organizations are invited to visit Champlain College Saint-Lambert, an evening at a time. As part of these evenings, each organization typically presents the type of positions available, their culture/history, and then, later, speed interviews for those positions within the pool of RAC candidates and graduates that are in attendance.
These evenings, in the past, have successfully led to the employment of RAC candidates. Sometimes, when candidates find jobs, they do so before actually having completed all evaluations necessary to receive their IT support AEC
. However, thanks to the flexibility of RAC, and the number of ITCS groups at Champlain, these candidates can generally start their new jobs, and continue their RAC progress with evening or weekend seminars.
Finally, we see benefits beyond the obvious employment opportunity. These include: providing candidates and graduates with professional networking opportunities, offering real-world interviewing practice, and even helping them become more aware of the needs and possibilities found in the local employment market.
The next talent search evening is scheduled for this Wednesday, April 22nd
, and will feature representatives from Telus
. ITCS candidates are invited to contact their advisor for more information.
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