Thirst for summer jobs
By Maija Ambrogio
A Canadian beer company is taking the initiative once again this year to help students find paying summer jobs at various charitable organizations across the country.
For 21 years, Labatt Breweries, in conjunction with Human Resources Development Canada, has organized an employment program for students called Labatt People in Action. Each year, the program employs 120 students from across Canada with registered Canadian charities, explained Rob McCarthy, manager of public relations for Labatt Breweries.
Students are invited to apply by proposing innovative projects which will benefit particular charities in their community. "Labatt is looking for project proposals that use the skills learned in their field of study at university and add value to the chosen charitable organization," McCarthy said.
John Edwards, a fourth-year philosophy student at Western was employed by Labatt People In Action last year and plans to submit his application again this year. He was hired to research the drinking habits of adolescents for a counseling agency in London. "I compiled information into a report to help the councillors develop new techniques for teenagers," Edwards said.
Edwards said he worked on his report 30 hours a week for 12 weeks last summer and was paid minimum wage. "This program gave me an opportunity to develop good research skills and to assist a service provider. It was also beneficial because I earned money to finance my education."
Post-secondary students are the greatest minds in the world they only need to be given the opportunity, the skills and the confidence, said Sharon Lee, coordinator of Western's employment services at the Student Development Centre.