A networking skills workshop at Langara on Monday educated students on how to interact with potential employers in order to increase their chances of getting a job in their field of study.
Leaders of Tomorrow
The workshop was hosted by Austin Nairn, manager of the Leaders of Tomorrow program.
Leaders of Tomorrow is a mentorship program of the Vancouver Board of Trade, which engages post secondary students from across the Lower Mainland with industry experts to develop their skills in mentorship, networking, leadership and volunteering.
The program selects students in their final year of post-secondary education.
Students get access to insight from business leaders as well as getting the opportunity to build professional relationships and to volunteer in their community.
“Always remember to create goals and stick to them throughout the event,” said Leaders of Tomorrow program graduate, and former Langara student, Martino Knight.
“After the event ends, take a few minutes to write on the back of each business card that you got and write down what you talked to that person about. This will be incredibly helpful when you follow up with them after the event or need to contact them in the future.”
Program members also receive a Vancouver Board of Trade membership. This offers them the opportunity to attend regular events to develop their skills and grow their network.
The workshop is also a great opportunity for students to get a sense of what the job market is like in their field of study.
“I’ve heard nothing but good things about these kind of events,” said business student Randy Majesky.
“If you’re ambitious and passionate about your field of study, and you want to get your name out there then I would recommend going.”
Nairn works for the Vancouver Board of Trade as manager of the member benefits program as well as the development program.
Nairn specializes in public speaking, specifically about networking, volunteer engagement and personal branding.
“Austin has a good reputation for his abilities to speak to students,” said Adrian Livesley from the Langara counselling department.
“It’s probably because he is so young himself, but students seem to really listen to what he has to say. They seem to get a lot out of hearing him speak,” Livesley added.
The networking skills workshop takes place in anticipation of Student Employment Day at the school, which is on March 14.
Reported by Jesse Adamson