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Career Trends & Events – April 23rd, 2019

Submitted on Tuesday, April 23, 2019

On this page you will find helpful information to keep you up-to-date on upcoming events and trends across a range of industries. Career trends may range from areas such as recruitment practices, to top organizations to work at, to career exploration strategies. Events are external to the iSchool and will often take place in and around the Greater Toronto Area.

For questions related to this information, please contact Alex Howes, Careers Officer, at alex.howes@utoronto.ca.

CAREER TRENDS

Province slashes Ontario Library Service funding by 50%

Among the changes coming in the most recent budget is a dramatic slash to library funding, which might lead to the end of the interlibrary loan service across Ontario.

(Source: cbc.ca)

Flexible Work—For Everyone—is Key to Keeping Women in the Workforce

“It’s not a matter of ‘accommodating’ mothers, say labour market experts — it’s good business.”

(Source: cbc.ca)

5 Job Search Myths Costing You the Job

There’s a lot of advice out there about how to find your next job—these ones, though, are better off ignored. Here’s why.

(Source: vault.com)

3 Rules For Writing Important Work Emails

Google might give you some suggestions on wording these days, but you’re still the one who has to write these things. There’s some guidelines on how to make your next work email ring with professionalism and efficiancy.

(Source: vault.com)

EVENTS

NOTICE:

The CLNx will be down for upgrades from April 22 – April 29!

  1. The Adecco Group Toronto – Experience Work Day 2019 – Toronto Head Office

DATE: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
TIME: 9:30AM – 12:00PM
LOCATION: Adecco Canada (20 Bay St, Suite 800 Toronto, ON M5J 2N8)
COST: Free!
Register on Eventbrite here!

“Searching for a job? Trying to improve your resume? Looking for Interview help?

Come visit us on April 24th in person for a free morning of workshops and a career panel to help you improve your employability.

Workshop – The 15 Most Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Learn from the recruiters the best way to ace your next interview. Discuss the factors that lead to a successful interview, and get coached through the most common questions and best strategies for answering them.

Panel Discussion – Developing Your Personal Career
Join us for a career panel with a cross section of leaders from departments at Adecco and learn about the most important skills and knowledge they developed at the beginning of their careers that helped them get to their current roles.

Adecco Panelists Include:

  • Christine Marinho – Director of Marketing
  • Vanessa Duarte – Permanent Practice Lead
  • Catherine Dellostritto – HR Generalist

Proposed Itinerary

9:30 a.m. – Arrival and Welcome, Office Tour & Breakfast
9:45 a.m. – Adecco Orientation and Introduction to Team During Breakfast
10:15 a.m. – Workshop – 15 Most Common Interview Questions
10:45 a.m. – Panel Discussion – Developing Your Personal Career
12:00 p.m. – End of Day for Workshops”

  1. Riverside Natural Foods Fair

DATE: Thursday, April 25th, 2019
TIME: 5:30PM – 8:30PM
LOCATION: Courtyard by Marriott, 150 Interchange Way, Vaughn, ON L4K 5P7
COST: Free!

“Learn more about Riverside Natural Foods and our career opportunities!”

  1. In the Field @ JLABS

DATE: Friday, April 26th, 2019
TIME: 2:00PM – 3:00PM
LOCATION: MaRS Centre, West Tower, 661 University Ave, Suite 1300
COST: Free!
Register here AND on the CLN! Both are needed for full registration

“Are you interested in exploring careers in the field of scientific research and development? Johnson & Johnson Innovation, has developed a global network of incubators and incubation partnerships called JLABS to support entrepreneurs launching consumer, medical device, or biopharmaceutical companies.

Attend this In the Field to hear from the Head of JLABS Toronto, and to learn from the Founder & CTO of Acorn Biolabs, a biotechnology company focused on delivering an easy, affordable, non-invasive and trusted cell preservation service.”

“As the first JLABS to open outside the United States, JLABS @ Toronto joins a network of life science facilities that are based throughout the United States in San Diego (the flagship JLABS), San Francisco, Boston and Houston.

This facility is home to over 50 early-stage companies advancing pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health programs.

JLABS @ Toronto is located on the 13th floor in the MaRS West Tower and is a collaboration among Johnson & Johnson Innovation, The University of Toronto, MaRS Discovery District, Janssen Inc., MaRS Innovation, and the Government of Ontario. JLABS @ Toronto opened on May 11th, 2016, the 40,000-square foot facility includes cutting-edge, modular and scalable lab space, state-of-the-art equipment, with access to scientific, industry and capital funding experts.

The space also features JLABS’ inaugural device and digital prototype lab that provides entrepreneurs with access to highly specialized tools and skills building programs to design and develop smart health technologies.”

  1. Skills for Employment – Interview with Confidence (East)

DATE: Friday, April 26th, 2019
TIME: 10:00AM
LOCATION: 10 Gateway Blvd, Toronto, ON M3C 1S5
COST: Free!
Register on Eventbrite here!

“Everything you need to know to prepare you for an interview!

About this Event

This is a FREE event funded by the government

Interview with Confidence: Everything you need to know to prepare you for an interview

Make the right impression and showcase your skills with this valuable employment lab. Confidence, assertiveness and trusting your own experience will help prepare you for a successful interview.

Labs are held weekly at East and West Skills for Change locations.

More information coming soon.

REGISTER TODAY!

Skills for Employment are weekly employment labs designed to help you find work and market yourself towards success! From resume-building to mock interviews, Skills for Employment will help you discover the right tools you need to get hired!”

  1. UTSC Career & Disability Symposium

DATE: Monday, April 29th, 2019
TIME: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
LOCATION: Room HW305 University of Toronto Scarborough 1265 Military Trail, Toronto ON M1C 1A4
COST: Free! Lunch, ASL Interpreter, and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Provided
Register here!

“The Career and Disability Symposium is designed to prepare students with disabilities for the world of work.  This symposium includes interactive sessions, panel discussions, and a resource fair covering topics on identifying personal strengths and understanding how to leverage them in today’s workplace, disclosure, accommodation and non-traditional job search and work environments.

  • Learn about disclosure, arriving at a disclosure strategy and managing common interview question
  • Explore social media for enhancing your job search and your personal branding”

Agenda available here!

EXCITING JOBS

  1. Student Database Programmer

CLOSES ON: Sunday, April 30, 2019
EMPLOYER: Diane Frankling Co-operative Homes
LOCATION: Toronto, ON
PAYMENT: $20/hr
(Full Time, 35+ hrs/week)
LENGTH: May 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 141528

Primary Function:

The student database programmer will be responsible for assisting for the design and development of the housing database program – its structure and its code, as well as designing the database program to be pertinent and customizable for other not-for-profit organizations (particularly the co-op housing sector). Throughout the design process, the programmer will be responsible for ensuring that the program meets all Canadian and Provincial government standards with regard to protecting personal electronic information from unauthorized access (PIPEDA).

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • design user interface and web layout using HTML/CSS
  • develop new code and debug existing code for existing software enhancements
  • support and train co-op staff in using the housing database program
  • assist in troubleshooting any problems and maintain proper usage documentation of housing database program
  • research, gather, and synthesize information that leads to quality design and coding
  • test and fix code to ensure quality
  • create all programming documentation

Qualifications:

  • enrolled in and returning to a recognized educational institution on a full-time basis
  • familiarity working with and designing user interface using HTML/CSS practices
  • WordPress, theming and module development experience
  • knowledge in JavaScript / PHP / MySQL programming on a Linux/Apache/MySQL/ platform
  • experience with Git and Github
  • enthusiasm for working with people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • database programming/query development using MySQL
  • self-directed and works with minimal supervision
  • decisive and produces quality work in short time-frames
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • strong organizational skills, time-management skills, and attention to detail
  1. Data Scientist

CLOSES ON: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
EMPLOYER: Game Hive Corporation
LOCATION: Toronto, ON
PAYMENT: Salary
(Full Time)
LENGTH: Permanent
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 142856

“We are looking for a Data Scientist who can see into data like no other. You’re passionate about data and can find insights that others would often overlook.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Lead in the build and execution of the vision that is data science at Game Hive
  • Drive innovation by building predictive models, tools and processes that support production goals of user acquisition and player retention
  • Analyze large data sets to identify player behavior trends using statistical, quantitative and machine learning techniques
  • Build end-user lifetime value (LTV) projections and new data models for user acquisition strategy and games’ growth projections
  • Define KPIs and build comprehensive dashboards and reports on chosen platforms (e.g. Tableau)
  • Devise, conduct and analyze A/B tests to directly and indirectly drive KPI improvements
  • Manage and own user data and act as a subject matter expert on relevant KPIs
  • Serve as a lead in communicating and presenting data findings & insights, related strategic recommendations and status of game tool systems development to key stakeholders
  • Continuously learning new technologies that advance analytic function and initiatives at Game Hive

Max Level Skills (Requirements)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Math, Statistics, Economics, or other quantitative field
  • 4+ years of work experience in data science, analytics or related quantitative roles
  • 1+ year of work experience in data science/analytics in the game industry
  • Proven experience using tools like Tableau, SQL, Mode, Spark…etc. for creating dashboards, reports, and visualizations
  • Proficiency in (statistical) programming languages like R, Python…etc.
  • Demonstrated expertise with SQL (or other related database technologies)
  • Good understanding of A/B testing methodologies
  • Experience with BigQuery
  • Experience in social or mobile game development
  • Ability to transform and analyze complex data from varying sources and produce ad-hoc reports
  • Proven ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and to meet changing deadlines on multiple projects simultaneously”
  1. Community and Youth Program Coordinator

CLOSES ON: Tuesday, April 30, 2019
EMPLOYER: Odyssey Theatre
LOCATION: Ottawa, ON
PAYMENT: $425/week
(Full Time, 25-35 hrs/week)
LENGTH: July 1, 2019 – August 26, 2019
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 142032

Description:

Join Odyssey Theatre’s team in its 34th season as Ottawa’s premier professional open-air theatre. We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic people from diverse backgrounds who have a passion for the arts and who are committed to contributing to the growth and success of our 2019 season. Work with a dynamic and collaborative team, gain experience with a professional arts organization, and spend the summer with Ottawa’s leading mask and movement Theatre Company!

We produce award-winning mask and movement-based performances that blend classic and contemporary art forms and incorporate diverse cultures and traditions from around the world. Our annual Theatre Under the Stars series transforms Ottawa’s beautiful Strathcona Park into a theatre venue and welcomes theatre lovers of all ages.

We are now hiring a Community and Youth Program Coordinator and are looking for a student who is currently enrolled in a post-secondary institution or will have graduated in 2019 and is under the age of 25. The Community and Youth Program Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the Youth Apprenticeship Program, supervising 8-10 youths over the summer. They will also be responsible for coordinating our Community Neighbours Program – a series of performances and events that engage local community groups.

Dates: July 4 – August 26, 2019 Duration: 6 days/week (30 hours)
Salary: $425.00/week Location: Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.)
Strathcona Park (25 Range Rd.)

The successful candidate will have responsibility for the following tasks:

  • Planning and scheduling training activities for the Apprentices;
  • Supervision of the Apprentices;
  • Creating learning plans and assignments;
  • Coordinating workshops by professional artists;
  • Conducting evaluations;
  • Facilitating Community Neighbours programs and events;
  • Coordinate on-site logistics and arrangements for events; and
  • Other administrative duties as required.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have:

  • Experience and training in, and a passion for Theatre or the Performing Arts;
  • Excellent organizational skills, as well as time and resource management;
  • Excellent people skills, particularly working with youth;
  • Strong leadership qualities;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to actively listen and collaborate;
  • Excellent computer skills (Microsoft Suite, Office Outlook, Photoshop, social media platforms);
  • Ability to problem solve and make effective decisions; and
  • Ability to take initiative and responsibility for their work.

A Driver’s License and First Aid Certification is an asset.”

  1. Digital Archiving Student Assistant Position

CLOSES ON: May 6, 2019
EMPLOYER: KMDI – Semaphore at the iSchool
LOCATION: St. George Campus, Toronto, ON
PAYMENT: $20.00/hr
(Flexible hours)
LENGTH: May 13, 2019 – August 2019 (100 Hours)
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 138627

“KMDI – Semaphore, at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, is seeking to fill a Digital Archiving Assistant position focused on updating our tool/technical lending library and archiving and cataloguing digital files.

Qualifications:

  • Experience with creating and updating inventories, catalogues and databases on excel
  • Knowledge of technical equipment (such as ipads, videocameras, etc.)
  • Experience with digital archiving, preservation, and file transfer.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Self-motivated; takes initiative; pro-active, can work with minimal direction
  • Committed, reliable, ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Good verbal communication skills

Desired Skills

  • Technical knowledge and skills
  • Familiarity with a range of consumer electronics, recording, and computing equipment
  • Good visual, aesthetic design sense

Preferences will be given to current Faculty of Information Students. Qualified applicants must be available to complete a majority of the work in person at the University of Toronto St. George campus.

Responsibilities:

  • Organizing and updating a tool/technical lending library
  • Troubleshooting, basic fixing of technical equipment (i.e. if equipment such as ipads, videocameras needs charging, missing batteries, memory cards, etc.)
  • Organizing, cataloguing and archiving a small number of digital files including videos
  • Assisting with organizing equipment and displays at the Semaphore lab

The successful applicant will be offered an initial contract of 100 hours, to be completed over the course of the summer 2019 semester beginning May 13.  Flexible hours, however must be able to work on St. George campus for duration of job. $20/hour.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to CLN Job Id#138627 by May 6, 2019.  Questions may be directed to Rekha Morbia by email, rekha.morbia@utoronto or phone 416-978-5634.”

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