As part of the reimagined Sauder Global Alumni Network, the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre launched Alumni Career Services - an enhanced resource offering Sauder alumni a lifetime of access to career management services, including personal coaching services, online, events, webinars, and a job posting board.
The program bolsters the Business Career Centre’s effectiveness by providing employers with meaningful opportunities to connect with highly qualified candidates who offer a wide range of experience.
“At the Hari B. Varshney Business Career Centre, we care passionately about our students’ and alumni’s careers - their goals, satisfaction and successes,” says Assistant Dean Denise Baker, adding, “Whether our alumni find themselves looking for a new challenge, for an opportunity in another city, or want to change industries, we are here to help.”
Sauder alumna Merryl Edington-Hryb, BCom 2009 (Finance), welcomed the opportunity to work with the Centre’s alumni career coaches, who helped her manage her new career and the relocation from Vancouver to Calgary.
“They helped me realize what works best for me in terms of management styles and work environment,” she says. “They helped me understand what makes me tick.”
Edington-Hyrb notes that many graduates need help navigating challenging job markets, or finding their calling. “If only they had someone who could help them realize what they’re looking for and what’s out there,” she says. “I highly recommend Sauder Alumni Career Services.”
The Career Centre relies heavily on participation from alumni, who volunteer as mentors, panelists and speakers, and offer support through student employment opportunities.
“As alumni advance in their career, they also have a unique opportunity to make a difference,” says Sauder School of Business Dean Robert Helsley. “By advocating for their alma mater in the community and looking out for students and fellow alumni who share the Sauder experience as a common bond, they can both support the mission of the School and add value to their degree.”
Since the program’s launch, there have been more than 1,000 interactions between alumni and the Career Centre’s career coaches, in person or over the phone or e-mail. A record number of alumni have registered for career-related webinars hosted by Alumni Career Services.