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Posted June 19 , 2013


Picking the Right School will Help Build Your Resumé

Tips to find a program that offers what today’s employers are seeking

St. Catherines — Business students have a lot on their mind as they approach graduation and face the daunting prospect of entering the working world.

But they can ease the pressure on themselves at the end of their academic career if they make the right choices when they are deciding where to pursue their business education.

“When selecting a business school, students have to consider what potential employers are looking for on a resumé,” says Dr. Don Cyr, Dean of the Goodman School of Business. “Students want a program that will help them develop the ‘soft’ skills that will complement their formal education. It is important that their time in business school be a well-rounded experience and not just a series of lectures and projects.”

To help build a more impressive resumé when you are looking for that first job after graduation, Dr. Cyr offers the following five tips.

• Build your work experience. A co-operative education program is vital to ensuring you have on-the-job experience that will give you a taste of the working world in your chosen field. There is no better teacher than experience.
• Be a volunteer. A responsible business is driven by more than its bottom line — it also cares about its community. At the Goodman School of Business, service learning is an important part of a student’s experience. Students have the opportunity to earn course credits by applying the skills and theory of the classroom to help a community partner. The student gets valuable experience, and the community partners receives a valuable service.
• Take an international exchange. A global perspective is a valuable asset in the workplace and is cherished by potential employers. Learning abroad gives you a different perspective on business and how it is conducted in other parts of the world.
• Be a student leader. The more student clubs and groups there are, the more opportunities there are for a student to be involved as a student club leader. This is another dimension that shows you can apply your skills in a diverse environment.
• Solid academics. While it may seem obvious, seek an accredited program that has a respected classroom program, with strong professors and a good reputation.

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