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Co-op and Career Ambassador Program

Thinking about a career in marketing, event coordination, social media or communications? We’re looking for student volunteers to provide promotional, event and career-related support for our programming.

Volunteer as a Co-op and Career ambassador (CCA) to gain relevant experience, meet other students, develop leadership skills and get involved with the second-largest department at UVic!

CCA volunteer applications will open July 1, 2015!

Interested in other volunteer opportunities? See our volunteering resources.

About the Co-op and Career
ambassador program

About the Co-op and Career Ambassador Program

About the Co-op and Career Ambassador Program

Co-op and Career Ambassadors (CCAs) are a group of UVic student volunteers who promote and support the events and programs run by the UVic Co-op Program and Career Services. They work as part of a team to promote experiential learning (volunteering, service-learning, co-op, part-time work, casual jobs and more) and connect students with the valuable career resources, programs, events and opportunities available at UVic. 

CCAs are provided with volunteer training sessions at the beginning of September each year. After the training sessions are complete, CCAs volunteer between 10–20 hours each term.

The Co-op and Career ambassador role

The Co-op and Career ambassador role

As a Co-op and Career Ambassador, you will support the curriculum coordinator, events coordinator and communications officer with the Co-op Program and Career Services at UVic. You'll strengthen your communication, teamwork, leadership, marketing and event coordination skills through hands-on experience working with Co-op and Career staff and other students.

 Events and marketing

  • Provide support before, during and after events (career fairs, Co-op Info Day, What Can You Do With Your Degree? panel presentations, etc.). This involves helping with setup and takedown, staffing info tables, greeting exhibitors and students, etc.
  • Promote our events throughout the year by postering, chalkboarding, giving short classroom presentations and using your social media prowess to spread the word.
  • Engage your student peers about our services. For example, you could help host hot chocolate booths in the quad several times a semester as a fun way to engage with students and chat with them about the programs and resources we offer.

 Communications

  • Use your social media savvy to amp up the dialogue on our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube).
  • Help populate our social media channels with some great career themed articles.
  • Become an expert on our online resources and share your knowledge at events and through social media channels.

Career help

For candidates who show interest and strong competencies in peer helping, there may be opportunities to work directly with Co-op and Career staff and students in the following career-related activities.

  • Assist students in accessing career related resources (e.g. within Co-op and Career website, booking appointments, attending workshops)
  • Provide final editing (punctuation and formatting) in student résumés and cover letters
  • Provide support to Co-op and Career staff and students at career related services offered on campus (e.g. Resumania, Résumé Lab workshops, workshops for international students)

Skills you'll gain

Skills you'll gain

As a Co-op and Career ambassador, you’ll practice many competencies that you can use in many other work settings.

Core and intercultural competencies

  • Personal management
  • Communication 
  • Teamwork
  • Project and task Management
  • Commitment to quality
  • Professional behaviour
  • Intercultural motivation
  • Intercultural knowledge

Specific knowledge and transferrable skills

  • Marketing, communications and event management experience
  • Public speaking, leadership and coaching experience
  • Social media engagement strategies
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Networking with a diverse group of students, staff, employers and community members

Position requirements

Position requirements
  • Current UVic student in good academic standing
  • Able to commit from September 2015 to April 2016
  • Proven ability to build rapport and communicate with tact and sensitivity
  • Strongt oral and written English communication skills
  • Skillful at proofreading and editing (if applying to the career related peer support role)
  • Available to participate for a minimum of 10 to 20 hours per semester. Some weeks that are event heavy may require more hours
  • Attend all mandatory training programs and scheduled meetings

Preferred attributes

  • Energetic, outgoing and dedicated to having a positive impact on the UVic student experience
  • Strong desire to assist and inform other students about the role that career plays in university education
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proven time management skills
  • Respect for diversity
  • Experience and comfort with public speaking
  • Interest or experience in experiential learning, co-op, work experience and/or practicum opportunities

Apply to become
a CCA

Apply to the Co-op and Career Ambassador Program.

Questions? Please contact ccapuvic@uvic.ca.

Applications will open July 1, 2015. 

Contact
us

For more information on the Co-op and Career Ambassador Program, please contact ccapuvic@uvic.ca.

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