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Western to Workopolis: No thanks

Fisherman's Friend
Jonathan Yazer

News Editor

In the hunt for summer employment, it was only inevitable that I would cross paths with, promoted as “Canada’s biggest job site for students.”

There is what should be considered an insignificant catch to viewing the lucrative job postings made available on the website: students have to register their profile using an access code which can be obtained from their university or college.

Conveniently, a hyperlink on the site produces a list of participating schools and the phone numbers of their career centres so that it should be easy as pie for a student to obtain an access code, register his profile, apply for a job and get on with his or her merry life.

Unless he or she attends Western.

The list of schools on this site appears longer than the annual Maclean’s survey. Listed, of course, are most of the usual suspects like McGill and Queen’s, but also some lesser-known schools.

The research needed to find the phone numbers of the career centres at such prestigious yet mysterious institutions such as Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup, NorQuest College, something called TriOS and University College of the Cariboo must have been exhaustive. Yet for some inexplicable reason, the list neglects a little unassuming school in London, Ontario, and I’m not talking about Fanshawe.

When it comes to lists, Western’s record is not sterling, regardless of what some propagandists may say. Perhaps it is fitting that the year Ivey failed to make the Wall Street Journal’s list of the world’s best business schools is the same year that its students are being denied access to job postings on Canada’s largest student job website. The piles of money spent on tuition fees and grade boosting was all for nothing, I’m afraid.

There are obviously other websites, job listings and centres designed to assist students of any stripe in finding and applying for a job within a variety of professional and volunteer settings. Unfortunately, students at Western will have access to fewer of those opportunities than students at most other universities.

That’s a shame and it should change. Even if it’s not for the sake of protecting Western’s reputation as a school that believes in preparing students for the working world, at least make the change for the sake of students desperately looking for a job.



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