Career centre’s innovative services recognized by national award

Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre

From resumé analytics to Skype coaching to lessons on building your personal brand, UBC Sauder’s career services team goes the extra mile in preparing students for a competitive global job market – and those efforts have now earned a national award.


UBC Sauder’s Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre has won the Special Award for Innovation by a Career Centre, one of the National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards given out by TalentEgg, an online career resource for students and graduates.

“This award is a great way to be recognized for the progress we’ve made in expanding our programs and adapting to the needs of an increasingly diverse student body,” says Martina Valkovicova, assistant dean of the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre. “We’re continually expanding the ways that we bring employers to our students and students to employers, and that is clearly paying dividends.”

Over the past year, the career centre hosted more than 250 events to connect students, alumni and employers. They’ve also been helping students visit employers in other regions, with the Trek programs that take students to key job markets including Hong Kong, Shanghai, London, Dublin, Toronto and Calgary for company visits and alumni mixers.

The career centre has both adapted to meet demands of the market and hiring trends, and has tailored its programs to what students are asking for with more flexible scheduling options including remote videoconferencing. They’ve also developed a program called Start Your Career in Canada that has so far helped more than 150 international undergraduate students learn about professionalism in the Canadian workplace.

Career services are seamlessly incorporated into the curriculum, as MBA students regularly get full career days to learn skills such as negotiation, assertiveness for women and career management.

In a video sent to the awards committee, the career centre highlighted its innovative use of technologies that include a career development tool with an analytics engine to evaluate student resumés, and an online platform for students to learn about the latest hiring trends and about jobs landed by classmates and alumni. With UBC Sauder’s new learning labs, representatives from employers such as Amazon speak to students remotely as the students are surrounded by screens and cameras to facilitate meaningful interactions.

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The award winners were announced at the Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards and Conference on May 10, 2016 in Toronto.