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Career Development and Employment Centre

Submitted photo - taken prior to COVID-19

Job hunting in the time of COVID

Finding a job can be challenging at the best of times, but never more so than during a global pandemic.

Enter the Career Development and Employment Centre on the UNB Fredericton campus.

Making a quick pivot, the CDEC enlisted Kyra Arthur, a two-term co-op student from the faculty of management who was serving as the coordinator of employer services, to reach out virtually to potential employers and prospective student employees.

The new normal inspires innovation

Her role called for strong communication skills, insight and empathy. Email was a critical channel between the businesses and students, but Kyra also devised a social media plan that sped up posts about job opportunities and reached more students.

An international student from Trinidad and Tobago, Kyra was living in a UNB residence, far from home, during her assignment with CDEC. Drawing on her own experience of adapting to the unexpected, she helped students looking for work build confidence and strengthen their networking skills.

Employers learning too

On the flip side, she had to learn what employers expected from student employees in the new COVID reality. She fashioned a questionnaire for employers and their answers were posted on SharePoint for students to review. Many of them contained good wishes and advice for the aspiring student employees.

In normal times, the CDEC offers career and employment advising, workshops on career preparation and various employment opportunities. Thanks to Kyra’s effectiveness in less-than-ideal circumstances, the CDEC team has enhanced its communications strategies so even more students can benefit from their services no matter what life throws at them.

Winter Career Fair 2021

The career fair provides an opportunity for employers to network with students and recruit for summer and full-time positions. In order to better serve students, the CDEC will host the Winter Career Fair 2021 virtually on Feb. 10 and 11 and has extended their invitations to more exhibitors than ever before.

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