C2C began with conversations about how hard it was for university graduates to find career-launching positions especially after they completed Bachelors in general Arts and Sciences. When we began researching this problem last summer, we discovered a hidden job market: over 2000 recent university grads landed career-launching positions in the Lower Mainland, yet the majority of these jobs had not been posted in any of the usual channels.
This discovery told us that young grads today must take a strongly proactive approach to even get on the radar screen of organizations. To assist them, we put together a user-friendly database of hundreds of companies who hire grads.
But we were still left with the question: What made the jobseekers who secured these great positions StandOut to employers?
Employer surveys across North America reveal five top attributes and traits that organizations seek in university grads who apply for positions:
Creative Problem Solving
Ability to Obtain & Process Information
Ability to Plan & Prioritize
We designed the C2C Bootcamp to help young grads StandOut from the crowd by training them to acquire these skills, along with other important technical skills including quantitative analysis, networking and presenting ideas both formally and informally.
While the C2C Bootcamp is rigorous and intensive, at the same time, it creates a safe space for grads to negotiate the transition from student to professional. Our research and focus groups revealed the need for a transformative bootcamp that challenges and mentors grads as they let go of their student identity and construct a new professional self ready to enter the job marketplace.