Is an M.B.A. Worth It? – Vault: Blog

May 1, 2013

Is an M.B.A. Worth It? – Vault: Blog.


Student Performance Evaluation

April 25, 2013

Be sure to have your manager complete the Student Performance Evaluation with you before you leave your co-op work term. Be sure to keep a copy of the evaluation for your records. Please note that it is the student’s responsibilities to submit the evaluation to CECA and NOT the employer’s.

Waterloo Tech Jobs+ Virtual Career Fair …another great Communitech initiative April 9th, 12noon – 6pm ET

April 9, 2013

Waterloo Tech Jobs+ Virtual Career Fair is an online career fair where local job seekers and employers can interact with each other in a live, 3-D virtual environment. Our virtual career fair provides the opportunity for:

  • Live conversations between recruiters and candidates via instant chat and/or webcam.
  • The uploading and submission of candidate resumes for various job listings.
  • Interaction with fellow attendees in the Networking Lounge.
  • Viewing of informational videos in the Auditorium.
  • Integration with Facebook & Twitter: search for connections and update your status within the event

Cannot Use “Engineer” in Job Title

March 28, 2013

According to the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), until you become licensed, “it is against the law in Canada for students to use the title “engineer” (or any title like it). The term “Engineer” is ONLY permitted by licensed professional engineers. The terms “Engineering Intern” or EIT” are also restricted only to individuals in the Engineering Intern (EIT) Program. Unregistered/unlicensed individuals using these job descriptions on business cards, resumes (and Work History attached to resumes) are in violation of the Professional Engineers Act and subject to prosecution.

The recommendation is that “Engineering Student” be used whenever possible. Other examples of revised job titles where the word “Engineer” has been replace include:

  • Project Engineer changed to Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Analyst, Project Leader
  • Software Engineer changed to Software Developer, Software Designer
  • Junior Engineer changed to Engineering Trainee or Junior Designer
  • Consider using the department name, e.g. Metallurgical Process Engineer changes to Metallurgical Process Engineering
  • “Engineering Specialist”, “Engineering Professional” and “Engineering Consultant” are not acceptable
  • Titles such as “Junior Engineer”, “Graduate Engineer” or “Assistant Engineer” are not acceptable

Please review your resume and Work History on Jobmine and change any job titles to ensure they meed these ethical guidelines.

Search for Jobs at IBM, Student/Internship, All America, Canada

March 27, 2013

Are you a student of the world?

Are you ready to build your career, not just your résumé?

Do you think the world can work smarter?

IBM is looking for people to work alongside the best and brightest minds in the world to build a smarter planet.

There are multiple and ongoing postings for STUDENT positions as part of IBM Canada’s EPIC (Employment Pathways to Interns & Co-ops) Student Program. These positions are only open to students registered in a Canadian Universityprogram, who MUST be returning to full-time study upon the completion of the temporary IBM work term.

The positions are of 4 or 8 or 12 or 16 month durations, located in Toronto, Markham, Ottawa, and other parts of Canada.

Please check the site for new postings added on an ongoing basis.

– Bachelor’s Degree

Additional information
Students must apply to in addition to their university job board (if applicable) in order to be considered for the position. It is highly recommended to include your transcript (official or unofficial) to complement your application.

* There are multiple positions within this posting

Check out our NEW campus employment site: to answer all your questions about campus recruitment and programs.

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

5 Soft Skills You Should Always Bring Up In An Interview

March 25, 2013

If you are extremely qualified, have terrific application materials, a targeted resume and you’re interviewing for jobs, but always coming up with a silver medal, it’s possible that you’re bumping up against an elusive category: likability.

Read more:

New Student Performance Evaluation Form Now Available

February 28, 2013

The new Student Performance Evaluation form is now available in JobMine and on our websites.

In response to new requirements by the Ontario Council of Academic Vice-Presidents and professional accreditation bodies (such as the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board) that university programs demonstrate student attainment of specified learning outcomes, a new Student Performance Evaluation (SPE) form is being introduced this term and will replace the existing employer student evaluation form. The form incorporates a new rating scale re-designed to facilitate a more accurate and objective rating of performance in terms of competencies and skills more directly related to the specified outcomes.

In addition to these changes, CECA will not be mailing hard copies of the evaluation form. All 1131 co-op employers will receive an email communication which will direct them to submit evaluations online via JobMine. We encourage all employers to submit evaluations through JobMine however, if the employer does not have access to the system they may complete the PDF version of the form and fax or email back to CECA.

How to go from Very Good to Excellent

February 25, 2013

I often get asked by students, how do I earn an “excellent” on my student performance evaluation? One of the best ways to have a strong evaluation is to show initiative during your work term. How do I show initiative you ask? There are specific things that students can do to show initiative and the number one way is to do things without being told.  For a list of behaviours that show initiative see the checklist below.

Showing initiative is about going beyond simply “doing your job”. As you become experienced and more knowledgeable you will be expected to show initiative. That is, expected to take more interest in the work, become more adaptable, be able to anticipate what needs to be done and get on with it, and begin making suggestions on how to do things better.

The following checklist will help you assess how well you demonstrate initiative, as well as giving you suggestions for improvement.

Do you:

bullet Begin new tasks before you are told?
bullet Look for work to fill any spare time?
bullet Make yourself available for extra work or overtime?
bullet Keep communication with superiors open?
bullet Make suggestions?
bullet Try to correct mistakes or problems?
bullet Work without supervision?
bullet Take on extra tasks such as helping with staff or charity events?
bullet Volunteer for committee work?


Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning?



The 1-Page Job Proposal

February 21, 2013

Are you thinking about arranging your own job at some point during your co-op career? Consider using a one page job proposal instead of a resume. The 1-page job proposal offers job seekers a way to get noticed by offering concrete solutions to a company’s hiring needs. The goal is for your 1-page job proposal to show your tangible ideas for a company and what you can do for them, rather than just listing how you are qualified. See below for an example 1-Page Job Proposal of an application for a paid internship.



5 ways to “Go Pro” in your first job

February 11, 2013

Lea MacLeod the author of New Grad. New Life. New Skills provides new employees with many great tips for starting a new job.

Every new employee is (hopefully) going to have some kind of an orientation checklist. It’s usually focused on the logistics and details of starting work in a new organization. So here are some things you may not find on that list, but are essential to you Going Pro in your first job.

They are:

1. Build a strong foundation with your manager.
2. Build relationships in the workplace.
3. Learn about the culture.
4. Date your job.
5. Document your journey.

1. Build a strong foundation with your manager.

So much of your first job excitement is about figuring out what tasks you need to complete, the people you’ll be working with and where your workspace is.

One equally important mission is to get the relationship with your manager off to a good, strong start.

Missing this step can create heartburn and stress later on, once the rosy glow of the on-boarding honeymoon has faded.

Action steps:

  • Find out your manager’s goals, and what you need to do to make him successful.
  • Set up a regular one on one time so you can get to know each other, and learn to work together.
  • Get clear on your top 3 priorities and timelines so you know what’s expected of you.

Read the next four steps here–>>

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