Friday, September 28, 2018

Ontario Experiences

When people think about Canada, the iconic CN Tower of Toronto first comes to mind.  What else does Toronto, Ontario and surrounding areas have to offer?  Read on about 5 Ontario experiences you must try!

1) Eat Poutine - The iconic food to try is poutine!
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 What is poutine? Fries with cheese curds topped 
with gravy (yes, it's that simple and quite delicious). 
It originated in the 1950s in Quebec and has made
 its way to Ontario. Four restaurants claimed the
 invention of this dish but it is unclear who was 
the first one to create it. Since then has become a
 go-to food for Canadians and has its own festivals 
during the summer. There are places you can find
 in Toronto that also serve vegan and vegetarian 

2)  Algonquin Park - Since becoming an official park in 1893, it is one of the most iconic provincial parks that people come visit between the spring and fall. They have many outdoor activities including canoeing, swimming, and wildlife watching for day tripsIf you want a weekend getaway, you can rent a 
cottage or cabin. Moose and beavers should be on 
your radar! 

3) Cherry Blossoms at High Park - During the spring time, make sure to check out the beautiful cherry blossoms (Sakuras in Japanese). This tradition dates back to 1959, when the Japanese ambassador Toru-Hagiwara gave 2000 Sakuras as a gift for Toronto's support of refugees after World War Two. The "Sakura Project" was born and since then, cherry blossoms bloom every spring at High Park
Get Instagram photo ready because this place is great for
 taking Insta glam selfies.

4) Visiting a Pumpkin Farm - Fall in Ontario is a great time to explore the pumpkin farms before winter comes along. Downey's Farm runs their Pumpkinfest for the fall until October 31.  Not only will you see tons of pumpkins, but you can eat delicious homemade food, go on a wagon ride, and pet farm animals. Before you leave, purchase a pumpkin and you will be to create a scary jack-o'-lantern in time for Halloween! 

5) Skating at Nathan Phillips Square -  Skating in Canada dates back to 1604 by the Iroquois tribe. It is an iconic Canadian winter sport so much so that many people believe it is our national sport. Brace yourself, winter is coming, and skating will be a great way to experience this magical season! 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Career Strategies

It might feel a bit daunting to think about your career because you don’t know exactly where to begin. Take a deep breath because we are here to help guide you towards the next steps towards your career success! 

Here are 3 ways to begin your transition into the career force: 

1) Resume Review - The Career Centre can look over your resume and cover letter. It’s essential to have a fresh pair of eyes ensure you have the most professional portrayal of yourself. To get advice and review what you have, book your session with an advisor. If your dream job requires you to further your education, our educational advisor Sara Varvaris can help look at the program requirements and what (if any) work or volunteer experience is required.  
2) Research & Decision Making - Take some time to research the companies you want to work for and the roles you are considering. From there, evaluate if you are qualified. If you are having trouble getting basic work experience, the best way is through volunteering. Volunteering gets your foot in the desired industry and you get to meet professionals that may lead you to your next job.  

3) Job Application Websites - The top 3 websites to find reliable and frequent job postings include: 
  •  Career Connect is the Humber job portal that shows you all the opportunities available for full-time, part-time, contract, summer, volunteer and on-campus positions for current Humber students and alumni. You have the exclusive access to this site and the job postings from employers that want our well sought-after alumni. 
  • Indeed -  The search engine allows you to research jobs based on location and job title, keywords, or company. The best way of landing an interview, is to tailor your resume towards the specific job. Employers are not seeking out applicants with generic applications but who can see the customized detail you put into matching their criteria. If you sign up for the notifications, you will receive frequent emails to see the latest job postings in your related field. 
  • LinkedIn -  If you don't already have a profile, ensure you do so right away. Most employers research your LinkedIn profile prior to your interview. The great thing about this job portal is that you can view common connections who have worked at your desired place of employment. Send a message to these connections as they may help you understand the job culture and introduce you to someone hiring at the company. This will make you stand out from other applicants.  

If you have any more questions, please contact the Academic & Career Success Centre: 

North Campus 
Academic & Career Success Centre in the Learning Resource Commons, 
First Floor , 205 Humber College Blvd. 

Toronto, ON M9W 5L7 
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., 

Monday to Friday 

T: 416.675.5030, or 416.675.6622 ext. 5030 

Lakeshore Campus 
Academic & Career Success Centre in the Student Welcome & Resource Centre, 
First Floor, WEL105 2 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. Toronto, ON M8V 4B6 
Office hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday T: 416.675.5028, or 416.675.6622 ext. 5028 

Good luck on your journey!