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How Employers Can Support Students in Their School-to-Work Transition. An Interview with Jesse Sahota, Career Development and Relationship Manager

Career educators and coaches play a vital part in the success of developing future talent. This support doesn’t end once students finish their degrees – career educators continue to assist students in their school-to-work transition, and this benefits not only students but also employers. Though, it’s important for employers to be involved in career planning as well. From employer branding, showcasing workplace culture, holding events, managing campus ambassadors to connecting with students before they even start their first day can have a great impact.  We explored this topic with Jesse Sahota, Career Development Relationship Manager in the Engineering Co-op and Career Services office at McMaster University, who also won Career Educator of the Year at the 2019 TalentEgg Awards. Read on to learn how Jesse supports his students, fosters relationships with employers and his advice on ways employers can connect with students to assist in their school-to-work transition.

Starting His Career with Purpose

When Jesse first envisioned his career, he believed he was going to work in the advertising industry one day, “designing commercials for Audi or working for Kellogg’s redesigning their Fruit Loops cereal boxes,” he says. During his final year at university, he landed a job in a wealth management firm as a recruiter, which eventually led him to his passion for helping others find their careers. And what a long and meaningful career it has been for Jesse so far! With over 15 years of experience in Career Coaching and Education, Jesse’s current role is comprised of three pillars that facilitate student success. He works to pursue new business development leads while maintaining existing partnerships in the engineering and business communities. The second pillar is coaching students using personalized strategies. “Pain points differ depending on where the student is at in their recruitment life cycle,” Jesse says. Whether students come with generic resumes and cover letters, or are looking to get more involved on campus, Jesse helps them on their career journey. Finally, the third pillar to Jesse’s role is collaborating with employers who are looking to create a stronger brand on campus.

“Our department’s “Employer of the Week” series brings employers to campus where I assist in orchestrating events, such as employers in the lobby, resume roasts, bus trips, Instagram takeovers and lunch and learn workshops.”

Supporting Students on their Career Journey

Jesse’s department supports students through a variety of workshops and individual appointments to prep them before the start of their co-op work term. “In Engineering Co-op and Career Services at McMaster University, the transition from the classroom to the shop floor or boardroom is exceptionally smooth,” he comments.

“Having been in this industry and in my current role for so long, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of our employer partners on-site. These meetings give me the opportunity to provide a unique perspective and “inside scoop” when coaching students on what to expect at their new job.”

One of the most memorable career highlights was taking five students to Silicon Valley in San Francisco for their Big Ideas Contest. Students were given the opportunity to learn from top innovators and develop their professional skills. Five students, management staff and the Dean of Engineering visited Tesla, Apple, Google, Facebook, Corning and several start-ups during their trip. This is a great example of how Career Educators are creating experiences for their students to showcase their innovative engineering solutions, build invaluable networking opportunities and learn about the possibilities. While Jesse and his team created this opportunity for students to learn, he ended up taking away a lot for himself too.

“It was an eye-opening experience for me as it provided the opportunity to connect with McMaster Engineering alumni and further solidified my understanding that our graduates are changing the world.”

What Can Employers Do for Students?

While career educators help to set students up for success in launching their careers, Jesse shares some ways in which employers can make students feel welcome and valued before they even start working. Jesse comments that not only will this showcase the organizations’ culture, but it will also prepare students for the road ahead. Reaching out to students after they’ve accepted their offer, even if it’s well in advance of their start date, can have a positive impact.

“A welcome email with details regarding what to expect on their first day is a great way to get the student excited about their new adventure by winning their heart and mind. Many organizations are taking onboarding seriously by allocating a personal mentor to each new hire – a strategy that I find highly effective.”

Another way Jesse suggests employers get involved in students’ transition is during the offer stage.

“When employers present an offer to a student, I would suggest that they invite the student to their site, provide them with a tour of their facility, introduce the student to a mentor, connect them with the current student(s) that are working there, and take them out for lunch or coffee. This approach is an excellent way to strengthen the student’s commitment to the employer’s brand. It’s a win-win strategy.”

Build Your Brand Recognition – Get on Campus!

Providing the opportunity for students to connect with employers in-person is always a great strategy when it comes to recruiting the right talent and finding the best candidates to fill your talent pipeline.

“Employers are encouraged to come to campus and meet our students, run workshops, attend hackathons, partner with student groups and, ultimately, connect with career offices on campus. Getting in front of students and answering their questions in-person establishes a connection, builds stronger brand recognition, and these students can then become brand ambassadors for employers by telling their friends what they’ve learned.”

Whether you’re an employer looking to connect with and hire students or you’re a fellow Career Educator, you can learn from Jesse’s unique approach. “My career is something that I truly enjoy and I love knowing that I have had a hand in helping someone else find their dream job or career.”

Get in Touch

jsahota@mcmaster.ca

905-525-9140 ext 24432

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jesse-sahota/

Your Complete Guide to Canadian Campus Recruitment

The eighth annual TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference took place on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019 and we are happy to say that it was an egg-cellent day of learning and collaborating on best practices in student, new graduate and early career recruitment. The TalentEgg Awards and Conference marks a moment when employers, nonprofits, campus recruitment professionals, and career educators come together for a day to discuss different approaches to support youth employment and professional development. We would like to sincerely thank everyone who joined us for the event, and we can't wait to see you next year!

All Awards and Conference attendees got to take home our 2019 Guide to Canadian Campus Recruitment. This valuable resource gives employers and HR professionals crucial insights into recruiting Gen-Y and Gen-Z job candidates, including best practices, tips on how to use social media effectively, and what matters most to students, new graduates and early career professionals when it comes to starting their careers.

If you missed out on the conference, you can still access TalentEgg's key findings from our Gen-Y and Gen-Z research and recruitment insights gained from our work with the Student Judges of the TalentEgg Awards! We’re offering a free digital download of the 2019 Guide to Canadian Campus Recruitment right here!

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find in the 2019 Guide:

  • Candidates' recruitment pet peeves
  • Why your employer brand needs CSR
  • Unique experiences to develop your future talent pipeline
  • Connecting with early-career professionals
  • Why and how to connect online with potential candidates
  • How your recruitment efforts can be everywhere, all at once
  • The importance of continuous learning and incorporating it into your onboarding
  • …and more!

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Presenting The Winners Of The 2019 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards

2019 marks the eighth edition of our annual TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference, and we must say that this was our best one yet!

On June 19th, campus recruitment professionals from across Canada gathered at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto to celebrate the best in the industry. Attendees got the chance to hear exclusive insights on campus recruitment and learn about cutting-edge strategies for connecting with today’s tech-savvy students and new grads.

Among our lineup of expert panelists and speakers was author, speaker, and behaviour-change specialist Gregg Brown. His keynote speech, “Ready…Set…Change AGAIN, Building Change Resilience in HR” was a fabulous way to inspire attendees to change their mindset in the workplace, and set themselves and their recruits up for success.

We were also so pleased to announce the launch of our two new products: TE University, our brand new eLearning platform and TalenEgg Candidate Video Showcase – coming Fall 2019.

“This was our first year attending the TalentEgg conference and it was awesome – it was so great to connect with many industry professionals and learn a lot more about campus recruitment and what other organizations and companies are doing to really attract students to their organizations. We’re getting really excited about campus season and prepping for the fall of 2019 so we look forward to seeing all of the students and new grads and co-ops out on campus in the fall.”

– Carly Suter, Campus Recruitment Coordinator, Intact

After weeks of anticipation, we revealed the winners of the 2019 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Awards at the event, and for the first time ever, on Facebook Live! We received many top-notch applications from leading Canadian employers, educational institutions, and career centres, making it an extremely tight competition! However, a select few stood out to our Student Judges for their egg-ceptional work and creativity.

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the TalentEgg Awards and a sincere thank you to all the professionals who participated in this event!

2019 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Award Winners

Best Contribution to Student Career Development – Employers

  • FDM Group Canada Inc.

Best Contribution to Student Career Development – Schools

  • Red River College Student Employment Services

Best Social Media Presence

Best Recruitment Marketing & Outreach

  • Deloitte Canada

Best Campus Career Website

Best Campus Ambassador Program

  • Colliers International

Best On-Campus Student Engagement Strategy

Special Award for Social Responsibility in Recruiting

Special Award for Innovation By A Career Centre

  • Universite de Sherbrooke

Career Coach of the Year (Individual)

  • Jesse Sahota – McMaster University – Engineering Co-op & Career Services

Best Co-op Internship Program

Campus Recruiter of the Year (Individual)

  • Jennifer Husband – Colliers International

Best Grad Program

Campus Recruiting Program of the Year

See you next year! Be sure to stay up to date on the 2020 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Awards and Conference by joining our eggs-clusive network of campus recruitment professionals.

Announcing the Finalists for the 2019 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards

Today’s the day! TalentEgg is egg-cited to announce the finalists for The 2019 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards! On June 19, 2019 at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto, we’ll be celebrating the winners of the TalentEgg Awards, exploring and sharing new trends in recruitment with our expert speakers and panelists!

The TalentEgg Awards applications are evaluated by a team of top student judges from across Canada, who give a student perspective and first-hand feedback on campus recruitment strategies. Our panel of student judges had their work cut out for them with so many amazing applications. It was definitely a close race!

We invite you and your team to join us at this year’s Awards and Conference for this fun and informative day-long event! We’re currently offering discounted early-bird group and individual ticket rates until 5pm on Friday, May 17, 2019. Don’t miss the 2019 TalentEgg Awards and Conference and be sure to register now to take advantage of these reduced ticket rates!

Drum roll, please!  Without further adieu, here are your 2019 Finalists!

2019 TalentEgg National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards Finalists

Please note: Finalists are listed in no particular order.

Best Grad Program

Best Campus Career Website

Best Internship/Co-op Program

Campus Recruiting Program of the Year

Campus Recruiter of the Year (Individual)

  • Rodrigo Mall, Consultant, Talent Acquisition – Campus (Bell)
  • Jennifer Husband, University Program Manager (Colliers International)
  • Chelsea Assimes, Campus Program Manager (Visier Inc.)
  • Dean Linzel, Talent Acquisition Partner (IBM)

Best Contribution to Student Career Development (Employers)

Best Recruitment Marketing and Outreach

 

Special Award for Innovation by a Career Centre

  • Université de Sherbrooke

Best Social Media Presence

  • IBM
  • Deloitte
  • Colliers International
  • Bell

Special Award for Social Responsibility in Recruiting

Best Campus Ambassador Program

  • Colliers International

Best On-Campus Student Engagement Strategy

  • Visier Inc
  • IBM
  • Colliers International
  • Bell

Best Contribution to Student Career Development (Schools) NEW

  • Red River College Student Employment Services
  • Georgian College Career Success Team

Career Coach of the Year (Individual) NEW

  • Jesse Sahota – McMaster University, Engineering Co-op & Career Services
  • Mr. Sonny Wong – Ryerson University

Our eighth annual conference and awards continue to highlight and explore the best practices, emerging trends, and innovations in student and new graduate recruitment with expert advice and shared strategies in employer branding and talent acquisition. TalentEgg is so excited to offer another opportunity for collaboration, discussion, and congratulations between Canada’s top recruiters, nonprofits and career centres.

Thank you to all of the employers, career centres and educational institutions who participated this year. Want to join us at the conference? Get your tickets here!

 

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