Volume 92, Issue 80

Thursday, February 18, 1999


Publication notice

Wave assault suspects sign deal

Apology made for election errors

Nervousness surrounds renovation funding

Job opportunities only a click away

Portable home in a box

Marijuana debate rolls into parliamentary hands

Safety an important part of slacking


Caught on campus

Job opportunities only a click away

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

University students who give a hoot about their career prospects might be interested in a new Canadian online job search service.

Designed with the specific intention of keeping Canadian brains in Canada, CareerOwl offers students, graduates, alumni and prospective employers a new place to interact on the web.

Free to students, the service went online in September of last year and currently has over 7,000 registrants with over 240 colleges and universities participating across the country.

The volunteer service was started by faculty members at the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta and Western, with Western President Paul Davenport a founding member.

Alice Nakamura, president of the CareerOwl Institute and business professor at U of A, said the new service gives anyone with a post secondary degree the opportunity to communicate with employers anywhere in Canada. "I think a lot of students want to stay in Canada if they can. The problem is they get a lot of [United States] offers first," she said.

Mohan Mathur, dean of engineering at Western, said CareerOwl gives students a tremendous value and added more than 300 engineering students have already registered as candidates. "I regard the entire program of immense value," he said.

Nakamura said the service hopes to gain popularity across the country. "If we can get the numbers, we can give the system to the nation so Canada can get a better return on its education system," she said.

While she did not find the idea of an online job search service new in any way, Sharon Lee, coordinator of employment services at the Student Development Centre, said students should take advantage of any service which will help them in their search for jobs. "I applaud any service that is going to help students find work. I'm wholeheartedly behind that," she said.

Lee agreed students going south to find jobs was a problem in Canada, but said Western does keep Canadian employers in mind when matching graduates with jobs. "It's always a problem when we lose people we educate here," she said.

"We're more than just about getting a job, we're about building a community," Lee added.

Nick Iozzo, University Students' Council VP-education, was wary of another online job search service and said employers already know where to go to find the best in each field.

Ian Armour, University Students' Council president, said anything which helps students would get his support. "This is another option for students. There's no reason why they can't have two places to go," he said.

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