Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New grad or unemployed?

My boss and I are on our way to Algonquin college shortly to lead an open house for students in the school's IT program. So, do we tell them that if they work hard and search diligently, they'll be able to land a job in their field? Or do we tell them that right now the market sucks, the economy sucks, and there are a bunch of experienced junior and intermediate level developers looking for work who will jump at entry level positions in order to make rent?

We figure we'll be realistic, but also try to give them a pep talk. Here's hoping it goes well.


  1. I'd be curious to know how this adventure worked out for yah.

    Did it go well? It's something I've always wanted to do...

  2. Hi Sweens. It went pretty well. It was a bit of an odd situation. It was billed as an open house where we would talk about the opportunities we had. However, since we recruit primarily for government contracts, we don't really have a big need for new grads (as I'm sure you can imagine).

    We talked a bit about what we did, and about the state of the market right now, but mostly we gave tips on job searching, resume writing and interviewing techniques. There was a lot of back and forth with the graduates, and they seemed to appreciate it.

    It is quite enjoyable. I've done a few similar things in the past, and I hope to do more in the future.