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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/

5 Reasons Why You Need to Attend the 2019 TalentEgg Awards & Conference

Egg-stra! Egg-stra! Read all about it!

TalentEgg is back and bigger than ever for our annual National Campus Recruitment Awards and Conference. This eggs-straordinary day celebrates campus recruitment and offers a 360-degree, exclusive insight into top trends with data gathered from today’s students, grads and early-career professionals. Here are 5 reasons why you need to attend the 2019 TalentEgg Awards and Conference:

1. Amazing Presentations To #Inspire You

Our eggs-cellent keynote and speakers are here to share invigorating stories and ideas,  injecting an incredible energy towards the future of campus and early career recruitment. Expose yourself to industry leaders who are here to offer new perspectives. Absorb, discuss, and process new ideas to bring back to your office and look like a recruitment star!

2. Networking With Top Professionals

Rub shoulders with only the best and brightest in the industry (just like you!). We bring you all together to nurture a vibrant environment so you can expand your network and learn from each other – besides, who wouldn’t want to make a couple of new friends along the way? Come out and engage in meaningful conversations that leave you walking away feeling like a new person.

3. Exclusive Insight Into Top Trends


Continue to lead your industry with our cutting-edge, exclusive, insider information with data gathered from the honest answers of students, new grads, and for the first time, early career professionals. We’ll reveal our findings and dig deeper into innovation in employer branding strategies and in-demand professional development needs. Our carefully created Guide To Campus Recruitment will provide you with all the resources and data you need for your next steps when the new recruitment season rolls around. The dynamic world of working with people is egg-citing and ever-changing, so let us do some of the hard work for you.

4. Celebrate Your Accomplishments

This day is all about you! We want to acknowledge and celebrate everything you do to nourish your prospering working environments. Securing top talent requires an eye for people, and we think you did a pretty stellar job this year.

5. Just A Good Time!


We know how to have a good time! Our primary goal is to host an event where you can just enjoy yourself, get inspired, and meet new people (and enjoy the spectacular views from The Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto!). Year over year we continually receive positive feedback from our attendees, so come be a part of our history and enjoy a packed, full day with TalentEgg!

That’s all yolks, so get cracking and register here to save your seat today!

The Finalists for the Employee Recommended Workplace Award Have Been Announced!

TalentEgg, CharityVillage, and Bmeaningful are proud to be the Recruitment Community Partners with The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell to recognize the best workplaces in Canada in the National Employee Recommended Workplace Award. The Employee Recommended Workplace Award recognizes excellence in achieving a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. It is the only award of its kind that is based entirely on feedback from employees, because when you put in the effort to make your workplace amazing, your people notice!

We would like to congratulate the 2019 Finalists for their accomplishment. To view the full list of finalists see the Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail announcement here.

From 75 Finalists, winners in 12 business categories, including not-for-profit, will be announced at The Globe and Mail Solving Workplace Challenges Summit at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto on March 19, 2019!

Whether you are a small, medium or large enterprise company or nonprofit organization or government, there’s an Award category specially designed for you. Find out more about the awards. The 2020 Employee Recommended Award Program will launch in April 2019. For more information on the awards and to register online, please visit employeerecommended.com.

Don’t miss this chance to engage with your employees and celebrate your successes in improving your organization’s workplace. Show off your efforts and apply for this innovative Award today!

5 Non-Traditional Networking Events Your Talent Pool Will Love

Students and grads want a variety of ways to connect with potential employers.

But out of all the options available, networking events reign supreme. In fact, 78% of our student panel picked this type of event over others like information sessions and career fairs. It makes sense why this would be the case: if you’re trying to get hired, getting face time with a recruiter can be invaluable. Additionally, even if you don’t land the gig, establishing that relationship might open other doors down the road.

But it’s not only students and new grads who benefit from these kinds of events! Networking enables recruiters to ask the thoughtful questions that allow you to get to know potential candidates on a deeper level; something that is not always possible at more high-volume engagements.

However, if you really want to stand out to your talent pool, try attending or hosting one of the following events!

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