Workshops on resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, job searching and networking are given to many classes at the College. Your instructor will arrange these - ask your instructors if they will be offering a session in your program area.
Throughout the year group workshops are also held at various times to fit varied schedules. These will be advertised on the Job Board outside the gym and the Student Portal. If a workshop is offered in your area you must attend before booking an individual consultation.
Individual employment consultations by appointment are available to registered students at College of the Rockies. Students should first check for scheduled group workshops or to see if arrangements have been made by program instructors.
Online students can make a phone or Skype appointment - just email your resume prior to your appointment. If you are interested in booking an individual consultation please contact the Co-op and Employment Services Coordinator.
UVIC's Student Resume Guide is an excellent resource with samples for many program areas.
Templates are just a starting point - please make an appointment with the Co-op and Employment Services Coordinator to review your resume before you send it out.
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Some programs have a mandatory practicum requirement which must be completed to graduate.
Students may be allowed to use a relevant, paid position (Work Placement) to fulfill the practicum requirement, however prior approval must be obtained from the Instructor or Program Coordinator based on individual evaluation of the position.
How Do I Find a Practicum or Work Placement?
For some programs, the Career Placement Officer or a faculty member will set up a placement for the student with community employers, for others programs the responsibility for finding a work placement lies with you. Please check your program design and course outlines, or contact the Program Coordinator or Career and Placement Officer if you have questions regarding your program.
Where possible, students will complete practicum requirements in their own community. If they are not able to complete practicum requirements in their own communities, students must be prepared to travel elsewhere, and will be responsible for their own transportation as well as any travel and living expenses.
Please note that any paid Work Placement used to fulfill a Practicum requirement is the responsibility of the student to arrange, along with obtaining prior approval from the Instructor and/or Program Coordinator.
What Happens during my Practicum or Work Placement?
Regular contact is maintained between you, the College and the employer. Both you and the employer will be asked to complete evaluations of the placement upon completion.
How Do I Get Credit for My Work Placement?
As Practica are inclusive of your program requirements, you are assigned a grade of either “Complete” or "No Credit Granted”. Upon satisfactory completion of all academic and Practicum requirements for your program, you will receive the appropriate Diploma, Certificate, or Post-Diploma designation on your transcripts.
A practicum is aimed at giving students supervised, real-world application and experience of theory and principles learned throughout their course of study.
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What is Service Learning Experience vs. Practicum/Internship?
A practicum is a mandatory program requirement to complete an unpaid work placement. A practicum is aimed at giving students supervised, real-world application and experience of theory and principles learned throughout their course of study. Individual programs may allow students to use a paid work placement with prior approval from an instructor if the job meets the goals of the practicum.
An internship is a volunteer or unpaid work placement with an employer to allow students to gain relevant work experience and guidance in a particular field. No credit is granted for Internships and the college is not involved in these placements.
SLE is offered as an option for students to do an unpaid practicum/internship-type placement to obtain partial course credit. Like a practicum, the goal is to provide students with supervised, real-world application and experience of theory and principles related to a particular course and to gain credit towards that course.
Currently open to Business Administration (BUAD) and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) students, this is a new initiative driven by the Business Advisory Council to foster an environment where students are active participants in our community while supporting both their education and local industry.
If successful, we hope to expand this opportunity for our students and local business community to connect with other programs at the college.
If you're a BUAD or BBA student interested in pursuing this option, please contact the Career and Placement Officer or your Program Coordinator.