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Workmania to help students get part-time work


Career Services' lollipops remind students where to go if they need job help.

Kerra Seay | Interrobang | News | September 14th, 2015

Job-hunting is already an intimidating endeavor. Job-hunting in a new city is even worse.

A new event for Fanshawe students offers resume help, job hunting tips and job application aid for students looking for part-time work during school.

Sarah Ruttan, a student services specialist at Career Services, said the idea for Workmania came from Career Services trying to best fit the needs of all the students coming into the office, desperately looking for help finding work on or off campus during the school year.

“For some of [the students] this is their first time in London, never mind in Dairy Queen,” said Ruttan. “We’re trying to help them with the process of what it is to get a part time job and how to find one.”

Career Services has organized job related workshops and events in the past. Resumania, a popular event at Fanshawe, offers free resume critiques. Ruttan said Workamania is a cohesion of the already popular Resumania and a job fair.

Based on her experience in Career Services, Ruttan thinks the event will be a success.

“We’re trying to gauge what the interest will be [for Workmania],” she says. “I’m assuming it will be great, we always have students coming in here and saying, ‘I’m here and I need a job’”.

Ruttan says international students have even more barriers to cross when finding part time work.

Ruttan hopes the event will be successful enough to turn it into an annual event. She dreams that one day the event will also include a part-time job fair, where employers can meet and hire students on the spot.

The main goal of Workmania is to help students who are looking for work as much as the department can.

“We’re here to help,” Ruttan says. “It’s very difficult coming to school for the first time, this is just another thing we think we can offer to help everything else that’s changing in their life, maybe we can give a little hand and help them with this process.”

The dates Workmania will be running are Sept. 14, 15, 22 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in F-hallway near the bookstore.
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