North Island College is holding virtual speaker series this month. Prospective students can tune in and learn about different career options offered by the school. File photo by Alistair Taylor – Campbell River Mirror

New online speaker series lets students explore careers

North Island College experts to present and answer prospective student questions

North Island College (NIC) is launching a new online speaker series for interested students to learn more about the wide range of careers and opportunities in various fields.

The Start Here, Go There series features interactive career chats with NIC faculty and offers students a chance to hear firsthand about someone else’s professional path while being able to ask questions in a casual and informal basis about the faculty’s area of expertise, work experience or anything else students would like to discuss.

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“The world of work is changing rapidly and this transitional period we are experiencing today could feel quite overwhelming for many students faced with making important post-secondary decisions,” said Anita Budisa-Bonneau, NIC’s coordinator of work integrated learning. “We wanted to provide this opportunity for connection and also to offer students a chance to ask questions about the various fields our instructors work in.”

Each session will be 30 minutes, with a 10-12 minute introduction to an industry or area of studies, followed with a 10-12 minute Q & A opportunity.

“Some students head into post-secondary knowing exactly what they want to do as a career, some have no idea and a lot are in the middle where they know what subjects they like to study but not what kind of work that could lead to in the future,” said Budisa-Bonneau. “Being able to ask questions about the work professionals in the field do, how they got there and hearing details about their career journey can be very inspiring and help students narrow down what they want to do.”

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One of the biggest advantages NIC has over other, larger institutions, is the one-on-one connections with faculty, which is what draws expert faculty to the College.

“Faculty choose to come and teach at NIC because of that student connection,” she said. “They want to be in the classroom and engaging with students.”

NIC’s expert faculty include astrophysicists, criminologists, psychologists, digital designers and developers, English and language instructors, artists and creators, business professionals, health and human services experts and Red Seal trades.

“We’re hoping this will encourage students to look at careers they may never have thought about, or even heard about before, and didn’t realize they could start at NIC,” she said.

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The next session, scheduled for June 18 is called “So you’re curious about business?” and features Judith Marriott. The series continues until the end of the month.

A full list of all sessions is available at Students are encouraged to check back often, as more sessions are scheduled.


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