Kelowna: arguably one of the most beautiful cities in BC.
With rolling hills full of vineyards and bike paths, and an incredible
entrepreneurial spirit - it’s no wonder that so many students and young
professionals are choosing to call it home.
There’s just one problem; an associated stigma that in order
to get a job in Kelowna, you have to leave Kelowna. Though this may not be
entirely true, it is in fact, a handshake community. And for some young
professionals this can be detrimental during their post-grad decisions.
So why not break through that stigma then? Do we really want
these students leaving to Alberta?
With Launch Students into Business, the
Kelowna Chamber will be playing ‘matchmaker’ to young professionals and their
“Having that interaction with business professionals is
crucial. At the end of the day it really comes down to who you know, not just
what you know,” says an Alumni student from Okanagan College. “There’s a
benefit to the professionals too; It allows them to be seen in the eyes of
these young professionals and is a great tool for recruitment and learning who
the upcoming talents are.”
Becoming a connector for the Launch Students into Business
program is easy. You give 45 minutes of your time to a student for one-on-one
meetings that they they steer, and afterwards provide them with two referrals to other
industry professionals you feel they should know.
If it’s such a handshake community, why not give these
students the opportunity for the handshake?
Furthering the effort to get students connected, UBCO will be holding an
event on November 4th promoting jobs in the Okanagan. Career Days is a way for
UBC to offer transformative learning experiences for students while developing
meaningful, mutually beneficial partnerships with the community.
The Speed-Networking & Social will be
this year’s biggest networking event at UBC’s Okanagan campus. You’ll
discover how UBC students and soon-to-be graduates can be an ideal addition to
your workplace—either in internship, co-op, or long-term roles: they’re bright,
motivated, hard-working, and educated in the latest theories and technologies.
More generally, this event is about engaging UBC students with surrounding
register for Career Days:
To learn more about Launch Students into Business: http://www.kelownachamber.org/chamber/launch.aspx
We are so lucky, being surrounded with so much innovation
and inspiration on a daily basis. Whether it be your morning commute over the
lake, or looking out onto the rolling hills of vineyards and biking trails,
it’s hard to argue that the Okanagan’s beauty isn’t worth fighting for.