The beginning of August 2015 marks a special day for students in the nation's Capital. Campustree Careers Inc., launched their new online comprehensive job search portal Campustree.com to give students a chance to compete in today’s job market.
With other sites catering to online resumes and job searching, the list of applicants has grown to an unmanageable number of people with multiple areas of experiences. Students looking for work online had become improbable candidates due to their little life experiences, schedules and ages. Campustree.com breaks down the walls between students and employers by connecting them directly with one another. Students have the opportunity to register a free profile and record a VCL (Video Cover Letter) to showcase their individual personalities, character and presentation skills.
Employers also register a free profile and have the ability to view unlimited student profiles for free. They must purchase Branches to communicate with students (each branch connects a potential employer to a student candidate). Employers may also advertise and sponsor their company logo
Campustree.com connects students to employers and employers to students. You may register and begin your search now. Campustree PR Team
Canadian society and the Canadian academy are proud of their openness and diversity. Every year, thousands of international students are encouraged to embark upon undergraduate and graduates studies at Canadian Institutes of higher education. Indeed, the drive amongst Canadian universities to attract top quality International students in greater numbers is intensifying. And yet, there is a significant systemic problem of those International students in the arts and humanities who undertake doctoral studies In Canada.
These PhD candidates are encouraged to complete their degree in four years and, with but few exceptions, funding generally isn't provided beyond this period. But looking at students on PhD completion time at Canadian universities, it is clear that that the vast majority of students don't finish in four years:the average post-master's completion time is about five years, according to a 2003 report by Frank Elgar(PDF).
This is a worrying statistic. It shows a misalignment between the expectations of university authorities and the lived reality of PhD students. It is worrying for Canadian PhD candidates, and certainly causes hardship to those Canadians who do not complete their degrees before their funding expires. But for international students, the situation is dramatic.
But at least one university is fighting back with an awareness campaign to ease the pressure.
To the oustside world, Alexandra Smithers seems to have it all. All third year biochemistry student at Mount Allison University, she maintains top marks and aspires to become pediatric neurologist. She also volunteers with a disabled child, coordinates volunteer services for the student union and captains the ultimate Frisbee team. But under that winning facade, Ms. Smithers suffers from perfectionism, the personality trait where one aspires to be flawless in everything. "I'm my hardest critic- I can put myself really down," she says. Her negative self-talk has led to anxiety requiring medication.
And, she believes that university has worsened her condition. "We've been taught 'do more, do better.' We forget about our mental health," she says. Gordon Flett, a psychology professor and holder of Canada Research Chair in Personality and Health at New York University, worries that universities are breeding ground of perfectionism- he estimates two out of five students suffer from the condition.
What kinds of letters of rec. are there?
There are two basic types of rec. letters: 1) “field specific/expert” and 2) “character/non-expert”. The “field specific” letter writer is an “industry expert” within the applicant’s field – a restaurant manager can give an industry perspective on whether an applicant should be able to succeed in the restaurant business. A science professor provides specific feedback on a future scientist’s likelihood of success in the field. A “character” letter is usually written by someone who is outside or on the fringe of the applicant’s industry. This person comments on other traits the applicant possesses that should lead to success. A “character” letter is still an expert’s testimony; in this case, the expert comes from outside the applicant’s intended field. Character letters often come from volunteer or work supervisors, internships, outside professors.
Character letters should not come from someone who is not qualified to make an informed, expert recommendation. School counselors and pastors may know you well, but are not usually able to comment convincingly on your likelihood to survive the rigors of medical school.
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