Hire Power wins gold
by Andrew Westoll
A popular “survival skills” employment conference, organized and hosted by UTSC, recently won high honours at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District II Accolades Awards.
‘Hire Power: Strategies for Finding and Keeping Work’ won a prestigious Gold Award from CASE, a professional association that supports excellence in alumni relations, communications, development and marketing at post-secondary educational institutions. District II is the largest of eight CASE districts and includes Ontario, New York, Washington DC and many other regions on the eastern seaboard. U of T won an unprecedented 10 CASE awards this year.
Hire Power is a collaboration between the UTSC Development and Alumni Relations Office and the Academic Advising & Career Centre. It is sponsored in-part by U of T Pillar Sponsors TD Meloche Monnex, MBNA and Manulife Financial. The four-day event offers new graduates in-depth workshops on a variety of vital skills, such as interview strategy, financial literacy, personal branding and networking techniques.
More than 125 graduates took advantage of the programming last year. According to Kimberley Tull, who was UTSC’s Manager of Alumni Relations at the time and has since become Manager of Community Development and Engagement, the conference has a tremendous impact on young people.
“The participants walk in on the first day a little anxious and unsure of themselves, wondering what the world has to offer them. But they walk out on the fourth day with their heads held high, feeling more confident and empowered to take charge of their future. Hire Power is a really powerful tool to help usher the next generation of leaders into their chosen paths. And it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and creativity of our partners in the Academic Advising and Career Centre.”
Hire Power is tentatively scheduled this year for April 30-May 3.
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