The Canadian Association for Career Educators and Employers awarded Laurier’s Career Centre with an Excellence in Innovation Award for its work adapting to the pandemic and supporting students. The award was presented in the category of remote career education delivery by a career centre.
In March 2020, Laurier’s Career Centre, along with most other in-person services on campus, closed its physical doors and began offering services and appointments for students, alumni and employers remotely. The centre also adjusted its programming to better reflect the realities of seeking employment, networking, interviewing and working remotely during the pandemic.
Job market uncertainty caused by the pandemic led to a 27 per cent increase in the number of career consultation appointments at the centre. An extra 291 workshops and programs were added over the previous year to keep up with demand.
The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers is a national network of employer recruiters and career services professionals. The association presents annual awards in recognition of member achievements.
Laurier’s Career Centre offers a variety of workshops and information sessions, including sessions on career and education planning, seeking employment, resume and cover letter writing, and interviewing. Students and alumni also have access to scheduled and drop-in appointments, resume feedback, online career education modules, career fairs, networking events and a peer support program.