TORONTO, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) is launching www.MyCareerInfo.ca, a robust website designed to help students, graduates and entry-level employees match their education, skills, desires and goals to jobs. "Ontario universities already have many rich resources available for students and graduates," says Max Blouw, COU Chair and President of Wilfrid Laurier University. "MyCareerInfo.ca is an extra resource to help students find the help they need to translate their skills into meaningful work." "Universities teach our students so much more than what the name of their degree suggests. They teach creativity, critical thinking and problem solving, intellectual resilience, and how to clearly communicate ideas," says COU President and CEO Bonnie M. Patterson. "This job site will help students find the resources needed to transfer their skills into a career that fits with their education, competencies and passions, and point them to the rich resources available on campus through career and student services and elsewhere." The student-friendly site features resume and interview tips, online budgeting tools, information on job market trends, and extensive job listings. It also provides easy access to university career and student services, and is updated regularly with the latest news from the marketplace.
- The latest statistics show that 87.5 per cent of Ontario students are finding employment within six months of graduation, and 93.1 per cent are employed within two years.
- Despite economic uncertainty, these are well-paying jobs. University students are earning an average of $42,403 six months after graduation, more than those with any other level of education.
- A recent report by CIBC listed 25 occupations showing signs of a skills shortage over the next several years. Nearly 70 per cent of these occupations require a university degree.
COU is a membership organization of 21 publicly assisted universities in Ontario. It works closely with the provincial and federal governments to shape public policies that help universities deliver high-quality programs for students and advance the research and innovation that improves the social, cultural and economic well-being of Ontarians.
SOURCE: Council of Ontario Universities
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