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Directions Conference 2019 – Congratulations to our first early bird prize winner!

December 3, 2018

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular round table networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.

Keynote Title: Why Winnipeg?

The secret’s out about Winnipeg. We’re seeing a change in how the world sees our city, and people are recognizing the opportunities available here. Join Dayna Spiring, President & CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg, to learn about why you should prepare for your career to take off in Winnipeg, and how our city’s competitive advantage will help you.

Read more about Dayna Spiring here: Keynote Speaker – Directions Conference 2019

Congratulations to Sarah LaCroix, winner of the first early bird prize of $150 Best Buy gift card!

The earlier you register for Directions Conference 2019, the more chances you will have to win one or more of these early bird prizes:

Wed, Dec 5th: $250 Polo Park gift card
Fri, Jan 11th: $50 Tavern gift card & 2 Manitoba Moose hockey game tickets
Fri, Jan 18th: $125 The Keg Steakhouse + Bar gift card
Fri, Jan 25th: $75 Tavern gift card & 2 movie tickets

To register for the event, click here: Directions Conference 2019

You can apply for a bursary for the fees to the Directions Conference. The deadline to apply for financial aid is January 26, 2019. 

 

The Directions Conference will be held on February 7, 2019 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more information, visit DirectionsConference.ca

 

 

Connect with industry professionals at Directions Conference 2019!

November 26, 2018

Registration is now open!

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular round table networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.

5 Early Bird prizes are up of grabs! 

The earlier you register for Directions Conference 2019, the more chances you will have to win one or more of these awesome early bird prizes:

Wed, Nov 28th: $150 Best Buy gift card
Wed, Dec 5th: $250 Polo Park gift card
Fri, Jan 11th: $50 Tavern gift card & 2 Manitoba Moose hockey game tickets
Fri, Jan 18th: $125 The Keg Steakhouse + Bar gift card
Fri, Jan 25th: $75 Tavern gift card & 2 movie tickets

To register for the event, click here: Directions Conference 2019

You can apply for a bursary for the fees to the Directions Conference. The deadline to apply for financial aid is January 26, 2019. For more information, visit DirectionsConference.ca.

 

The Directions Conference will be held on February 7, 2019 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more info, visit DirectionsConference.ca

 

 

Working Warriors invites all Indigenous job seekers!

November 7, 2018

Working Warriors would like to invite Indigenous job seekers living in Winnipeg and surrounding area to attend an information session to learn about upcoming employment and business opportunities!

Information Session

Date: November 16 & 23, 2018
Time: 11 AM – 2 PM
Location: Social Enterprise Centre, 2nd Floor, 765 Main Street, Winnipeg
Phone: 204-619-1951

Food, beverage and door prizes available.
$50 Door Prize and $250 Grand Prize!

For more information, contact Working Warriors at info@workingwarriors.ca

Virtual Career Fair: Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

September 10, 2018

Ever wonder what the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) does? If so, do not miss out on your opportunity to learn more about how the CRA is more than just taxes.  The CRA is hosting virtual career fairs for students and soon-to-be graduates. These interactive presentations are bilingual and last one hour, including an open question period.

When:

  • September 17, 2018 (10:00 AM Eastern Time)
  • October 4, 2018 (1:30 PM Eastern Time)
  • October 5, 2018 (10:00 AM Eastern Time)
  • October 9, 2018 (10:00 AM Eastern Time)

How to register:

Register online to a session as soon as possible as places are limited.

For more information about the CRA, please visit CRA’s Careers website and Student and Graduate hiring page.

Register for Employer on-Campus events

September 4, 2018

Look for our Lunch and Learn and Employer On-Campus events to network and learn about specific industries.

Connect with Student Employment Services during our Blitz events coming to a hallway or atrium near you. Graduating Students – take advantage of our services for a successful transition from College to Career!

Register Now

Professional Perspective: Stand out at career events

February 13, 2018

Welcome back to Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment-related topics!

If you attended the 2018 Directions Conference on February 8, 2018, we are sure you met a lot of wonderful industry professionals. Read on to refresh your mind on what to do to make the most out of future career events. Make sure you don’t let those leads turn cold!


Today we have Cathy Lund, Director – Staffing Solutions at Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development Inc. (CAHRD) to share networking tips from the other side of the table! Cathy’s professional perspective comes from an amazing career in human resource and leadership roles.

Cathy participated in the 2018 Directions Conference as one of the 70 business delegates during the Roundtable Networking Event. You can expect to see more of her at RRC’s Employer on-Campus events!

Today’s question:

As a Human Resource Professional who recruits Indigenous students and graduates, what advice do you have for students so they stand out at career events?

Cathy’s Professional Perspective

Our Staffing Solutions team at the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development attends career events of all kinds in Winnipeg to recruit Indigenous students and graduates. We get involved, firstly, to consider CAHRD as a career option at graduation and also to promote to Indigenous students the great career supports offered by CAHRD professionals who work with people one-on-one!

At any career event, we can meet up to 100 people a day. Here are a few tips from us – the people on the other side of the table – on how to make a great impression!

  1. Know about us. Do your research before you meet me or my organization! LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and other websites are great places to learn about the people you are planning to introduce yourself to. If you really want to impress me, know our vision and familiarize yourself with our product or service. I have witnessed employers making a decision to hire from the first impression at a career event.
  2. Show interest. Meeting a student at more than one event and learning that they deliberately came to meet me AGAIN is impressive.
  3. Ask questions. We can always tell when someone is genuinely curious about the agency and career options by the questions they ask. We hear “Are you hiring?” hundreds of times during one day. Be curious and original.
  4. Be memorable. Dress the part and use it to your advantage when reconnecting with us. “I was the person in the green dress…” or “…with the green tie…” – you see what I mean?
  5. Relax. We are all there for the same reason – to get to know each other and create opportunities. I am looking for YOU.
  6. Follow up. Send us a personalized message on LinkedIn within a few days.

Networking is an opportunity for you to tell people who you are, what is unique about you and why you are passionate about their industry. Networking happens everywhere – at events, with your co-workers, fellow students, social media, parties and on the bus. Every person is another opportunity to learn more about them and tell your story!


The Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD) offers employment services, support services, and education & training opportunities, including staffing solutions that assist Indigenous students and graduates find meaningful employment in their occupation of choice.

For more information, visit cahrd.org.

Connect with Cathy on LinkedIn and benefit from her wealth of knowledge and industry insight!


To read past editions, click here:
Professional Perspective – What employers are really thinking

For additional employment resources, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

Professional Perspective: Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 3

January 31, 2018

Welcome to Part 3 of the Directions Conference edition of Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment-related topics!

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.


Zain Ali, Human Resource Manager at Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd. is back with more of his professional perspective. Zain’s professional perspective comes from an accumulation of his personal experience as an international student and his professional work experience within various industries, and now as a Human Resource Manager.

If you missed parts one and two of Zain’s posts, you can read them here:

Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 1
Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 2

Read on for part three of Zain’s insight on making the most out of networking events in preparation for the Directions Conference!

Today’s question:

What should students do after connecting with industry professionals at networking events like the Directions Conference?

Zain’s Professional Perspective

Industry professionals meet hundreds of people on a regular basis so help them remember you by following up with them after connecting at a networking event. Timing is everything – you might only have 24 to 48 hours to build a concrete relationship out of a meet & greet interaction.

Keep these pointers in mind when reaching out to your newly formed connections:

  • Review your notes. Refer to the notes that you took when preparing to follow up with the industry experts. Research the terminologies, the company and industry trends further if you have to. Find out ways how you can provide value, and determine when you are going to be available to get involved.
  • Touch base using the contact information they provided. Whether it is an email or a quick phone call, express your appreciation of their time and the value you got out of the conversation. Offer your time and skills towards something you could assist with based on what you found out through your research.
  • Connect with them on social media. Invest time and effort in developing and beefing up your social media accounts with a specific career boosting purpose in mind. You can use LinkedIn to connect with your contacts, learn more about what they are interested in, and form meaningful connections off of their connections. Keep in mind, this is not just about having the most connections. LinkedIn can be your platform for demonstrating your knowledge and drive, which can attract the attention of the industry you want to be a part of.

It may take time to hear back from your new connections – allow them the time. If you want to follow up on your initial follow up, be strategic. Cite upcoming events, projects, or opportunities that might be related to their company or the industry. We want to amaze these industry professionals, not annoy them.

Some of your connections may not pan out, and that is okay. Don’t feel that the time and effort was wasted on the connections that do not lead to opportunities. As the saying goes, “a broken clock is right twice a day.” Maybe something will come of it later on.

Keep practicing and network away! Good luck!


Zain will be participating in the 2018 Directions Conference and you can connect with him during the Roundtable Networking Event.

Directions Conference will be held on February 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more info, visit DirectionsConference.ca


To read past editions, click here:
Professional Perspective – What employers are really thinking

For additional employment resources, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

Professional Perspective: Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 2

January 19, 2018

Welcome to Part 2 of the Directions Conference edition of Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment-related topics!

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.


Zain Ali, Human Resource Manager at Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd. is back with more of his professional perspective. Zain’s professional perspective comes from an accumulation of his personal experience as an international student and his professional work experience within various industries, and now as a Human Resource Manager.

Last week, Zain talked about how to prepare for networking events. If you missed it, you can read it here:

Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 1

Read on for part two of Zain’s insight on making the most out of networking events in preparation for the Directions Conference!

Today’s question:

What should students do during networking events like the Directions Conference?

Zain’s Professional Perspective

Let’s pretend that today is the day. It is time to attend the event. Got the chills? What do you do? Where do you sit? What do you say? I know exactly how you feel! I, too, was a student and I went through the same thoughts and experience. Let’s talk about what will help you ace the networking event.

You have done the prep work, you have done your homework. You are halfway there. Now all you have to do is use the tools you have prepared to make meaningful connections at the event. Consider these pointers:

  • Walk in like you are ready to win the day. Have a welcoming posture and show that you are happy to be there. Avoid crossing your arms whether during a conversation with anyone in the room or while in between conversations. You want to come off as a friendly person who will fit well with any team, rather than shy, grumpy or even rude. Understanding that this might be one of your first networking experiences, it could take a few moments to warm up for the event. Start talking to people. Strike a conversation with your colleagues, the registration staff, and the event ambassadors so when it is time to talk to the industry representatives, you can be sure that your mind, tongue and ears are in sync!
  • Prioritize your connections. Networking events are golden opportunities that can help boost your career. However, there might be hundreds of industry experts present at the event, and you with limited time to talk to all of them. Value your time and approach first the individuals who have a direct link to the career path you are exploring.
  • Introduce yourself. Start with a smile and use that elevator pitch you have been practicing. Introduce yourself to a friend, if needed, to get more comfortable with your pitch. Keep it short and smooth, and be ready to respond to follow up questions that they might have. You can also introduce someone you just met to others. It is a great way to keep the conversation moving from one person to another, and it also can help you better remember the people you meet.
  • Show interest. Once the introductions are out of the way, find opportunities during the conversation to ask the questions you have prepared. Show respect by taking turns with others who might be present in the conversation. And most importantly, listen as they respond. Take notes is a good idea, but do so without being distracted by your writing.
  • Seal the deal. Grab their business cards, jot their email address down, connect with them on LinkedIn – these are your tools to keep in touch with the industry experts you meet. Don’t let your leads go cold and continue building and nurturing your professional relationship with them.

As an industry professional, I can tell apart students who are prepared from those who are not. Hopefully, these pointers help you feel more comfortable at any networking event.

And last but definitely not the least, don’t forget your instructors are highly qualified industry experts. Heed their advice – I can relate my career experiences to all of my instructors’ teachings.

On that note, I will leave you with this quote that I was taught: You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.

Stay tuned for the next post on what to do after the networking event!


Zain will be participating in the 2018 Directions Conference and you can connect with him during the Roundtable Networking Event.

Directions Conference will be held on February 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more info, visit DirectionsConference.ca


To read past editions, click here:
Professional Perspective – What employers are really thinking

For additional employment resources, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

Professional Perspective: Networking at the Directions Conference – Part 1

January 11, 2018

Welcome to a Directions Conference edition of Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment-related topics!

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular roundtable networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.


Zain Ali, Human Resource Manager at Domo Gasoline Corporation Ltd. is back with more of his professional perspective. Zain’s professional perspective comes from an accumulation of his personal experience as an international student and his professional work experience within various industries, and now as a Human Resource Manager.

Read on for part one of Zain’s insight on making the most out of networking events in preparation for the Directions Conference!

Today’s question:

What should students do to prepare for networking events like the Directions Conference?

Zain’s Professional Perspective

I was honoured and privileged to be an industry representative at the Directions Conference last year – where students would meet industry professionals from all walks of the business and service world, including my area of expertise in human resources.

It was a great event! I enjoyed giving tips on how to ace an interview, and some students left a remarkable first impression in asking questions about the industry AND how to be successful in one. All the potential that filled the room showed how well instructors trained Red River College students for the real world.

Connecting with the students at the Directions Conference is an experience I will not forget, and I look forward to participating in this event again this year. Networking events, as I mentioned in the blog post Professional Perspective: What you know vs. who you know, has its benefits in the long run. For this reason, I highly recommend the Directions Conference to anyone who is exploring different careers, as well as those who may already be well connected in their chosen career paths.

And to assist you in making the most out of networking events, today I am covering a few things to help you prepare for this learning experience. As a Human Resource professional, I have experience in a variety of sectors and industries, and I would recommend the following practices to impress career leaders at networking events:

Network with a purpose

Ask yourself, why are you attending this event? What do you hope to achieve from it? Is it to meet a specific future employer or just to get to know people? Whatever it is, you need to identify your purpose as it will help you shape your mindset about the event.

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Research the career leaders and organizations attending the event. You do not need to remember the whole guest list, but identify the key attendees with whom you should build professional relationships with. You might not have enough time to meet everyone, so plan your day accordingly.

Prepare your questions

Industry professionals appreciate the opportunity to share their expertise with those who ask great questions. Who doesn’t like to talk about themselves, right? With the information about the career leaders and the companies you obtained from your research, you may ask questions to further understand their role, the company’s goals, what a typical day looks like, and why they picked the careers they are in.

When you ask these questions, I am about 110% positive that the industry professionals will ask you questions in return. They would want to know about you too, so be prepared for their questions as well. Here’s how you ace that interaction:

  • Create an elevator pitch. This is roughly 20 to 30 seconds long self introduction, which could include the program you are taking, the reason you picked that program, and your goals and aspirations. This will give each industry expert an idea whether you are on the right track and what form of guidance you might need moving forward.
  • Take notes. You might be meeting with a variety of professionals, so your notes will help you keep track of who said what during the event. You can then use this information when you are following up with them, or maybe interviewing for a position with their company. You could be sitting with your future employer!
  • Have a business card ready. This will help you stand out and make a lasting impression – in addition to being prepared because you read this post!

Show up

Networking events may or may not come with employment opportunities. But for the sake of making a good impression, picture you could land your dream job at the event. How do you want the industry professionals to perceive you?

Personal hygiene and being well groomed is always complimented. Easy going colours are mostly preferred, light/dark blue, grey, black, white – not shocking pink, neon green, or rainbow coloured pants. Try to match the aura of the workplace to blend in with the rest of the work team.

Arrive early and stay calm – networking events may get you all nervous. You don’t want to ruin your chances with a potential employer, but hey, the industry professionals recognize that you are a student and want to learn, so try to relax. Enjoy the day. Do not rush. Do not be pushy. Slow and steady wins the race!

I believe these are a few best practices for getting ready for a networking event. Once you have all of these down to a tee, networking will be a walk in the park for you.

Stay tuned for the next post on how to behave at a networking event!


Zain will be participating in the 2018 Directions Conference and you can connect with him during the Roundtable Networking Event.

Directions Conference will be held on February 8, 2018 at Canad Inns Polo Park. For more info, visit DirectionsConference.ca


To read past editions, click here:
Professional Perspective – What employers are really thinking

For additional employment resources, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.

Professional Perspective: Keys to success as an entrepreneur with a disability

November 29, 2017

Welcome back to Professional Perspective, where industry professionals share their insights regarding various employment related topics!

December 3rd is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities – an international observance proclaimed by the United Nations since 1992. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of on the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.


To celebrate this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Chris Gaulin joins us today to share his professional perspective on choosing a career in entrepreneurship as a person with a disability!

Chris is a seasoned entrepreneur from Winnipeg with 20 years’ experience running a number of businesses.  He built and currently operates a wireless Internet service provider, which offers high-speed Internet access to rural communities in Manitoba. Most recently, Chris launched Fastoche, a daycare management suite designed specifically for touch devices that brings cutting-edge technology and communications tools to educators and parents in child care centres.

Today’s question is:

What advice do you have for students and recent graduates with a disability who are interested in a career as an entrepreneur?

Chris’s Professional Perspective

As a person with a disability, choosing to become an entrepreneur may seem like an audacious undertaking. For the right person, taking the leap can be a much better option than traditional employment, providing more flexibility, better working conditions, and more satisfaction. In my 20 years of self-employment, I believe that the keys to making it are:

  • Figure out what you want to do – then be prepared to change it
  • Know your needs, not just your accommodations, and
  • Define success from day one

Running your own business isn’t easy for anyone. I’ll walk through the three aspects that I believe have led to my success.

Figure out what you want to do – then be prepared to change it

The great part of being an entrepreneur is being able to follow your passion and make a job around it. Choosing a path to go down can be daunting, especially if you’re interested in many things. What most people don’t talk about is that the beauty of entrepreneurship is that you can continuously re-shape what you’re doing. You can wake up tomorrow morning and pivot your business in a new direction that aligns with what you want to do. Changing directions is what makes running your own business exciting and rewarding.

Know your needs, not just your accommodations

There’s no doubt that employment for persons with disabilities is a challenge due to a number of factors. Self-employment provides some great advantages and helps alleviate some of the complex issues that go with traditional employment. But it would be false say that it removes them. I’ve chosen to work from home for most of my career, and that provides me with great control over the accessibility of my work environment. That doesn’t mean that I do not need accommodations. It is vital to know what you need before you start because you don’t have access to the same human resource supports when you’re on your own. The last thing you want is to run into accommodations issues once you start getting traction.

There are community resources that can help you obtain devices and assist with necessary workspace modification here in Manitoba. The key to using these services and government assistance is to know what your needs are. This requires thinking bigger picture. Instead of thinking in terms we are used to of “how do I make this space or situation accessible”, I find it’s better to start from scratch and ask the question “what do I need to be able to do X?” Because you are creating your own work environment, I encourage you to think in broader strokes.

Also put some serious thought into the other aspects of your business that might require some modifications. For me, running a rural business that required visits to customers’ homes was very problematic for someone who could not drive. As an entrepreneur, you are responsible for every aspect of your business and sometimes barriers present themselves in areas you haven’t had experience in.

Define success from day one

Many people define success using a grand scale objective that is really difficult to achieve.  While goals and objectives are an essential part of any business and help set a clear path forward, they aren’t necessarily what defines success for you in business.

Defining success isn’t as easy as setting goals. It’s simple to say “I want to make enough money to quit my job” or “I want to sell a million units by the end of my second year”. While those goals would be satisfying if you reach them, they aren’t what will get you out of bed every morning and motivate you to put all your energy into something that is growing and likely not making money. It’s also important to consider the potential negative impact of not reaching those goals.

When defining success, you need to ask yourself “why did I get into this in the first place?” or “what do I want to get out of this business?” When I ask myself these questions, I don’t look at tangible numbers, but more about what impact I expect. You might define success as having work that doesn’t stress you, or work that allows you to run your business from anywhere in the world. Success might be measured more on the pride you take in the products you create that allows you to sleep better at night.

However you define success, it is important to have a sense of what it means to you before you start, and to re-evaluate it on a regular basis. You might define success now as being able to travel for work, but having flexibility to work different hours might be your priority if you decide to start a family. Success should never be seen as an end game like retirement, but more of a measure of your own happiness.


To read past editions, click here:
Professional Perspective – What employers are really thinking

For additional employment resources, visit Student Employment Services’ Online Employment Resources or book an appointment with an RRC Employment Advisor at 204.632.3966 or JobCentre@rrc.ca.