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Fall Recruitment for Fourth Year Students

Posted on April, 2021

As the fourth academic year approaches many students will be actively preparing for Fall Recruitment, also known as OCR.  During the academic year, many employers will conduct virtual information sessions and recruitment activities to hire students for internships for the summer after third year.

Preparation for OCR often begins during the summer with active networking and dedicated interview preparation.  In some industries (notably finance and consulting) it can be helpful if students have reached out and introduced themselves to recruiters and employees within their firms of interest.  This networking can be on Zoom or over the phone and is best done during the first half of the summer.

Interview preparation can take considerable time, as some industries have technical or specialized interviews that require advanced skills and knowledge in order to perform well.  Some recruitment activity may even begin in late summer before classes begin.

This recruitment period can be stressful and demanding for students.  It moves quickly and students often have to balance recruitment activities with academics, extra-curricular commitments, and international exchange.  The Career Advancement Centre (CAC) staff are available to guide and support students through all the challenges of OCR.

While OCR provides attractive opportunities, it is not the only method for students to secure summer employment.  Many employers do not participate in OCR and there is always hiring that happens outside of this process.  Some industries are less oriented to this approach to hiring and will do most of their recruitment later in the academic year.

We encourage students to take advantage of the CAC supports and services provided to help them successfully secure summer employment.  These include career coaching, workshops, industry specific events, and job postings.  CAC coaching staff are available throughout the summer to advise students and appointments can be conducted over the phone or on Zoom.

Students can contact the Career Advancement Centre (CAC) to learn more about the services available.

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