Student job centre to close for season

The Human Resource Centre of Canada for Students here will close its doors for the summer this Friday (Aug. 10).
That leaves only two days for students still hoping to make some money before school starts–and even those looking for something more permanent–to check out the jobs listed on the sandwich board outside the HRCC-S office, which is housed in the post office building on Scott Street.
“In August, it starts to slow down for jobs,” said Christina Pochailo, summer employment officer at the HRCC-S, explaining why the service closes before the end of the summer.
“But a couple [of employers] are starting to look now for people for September. Some are also looking for someone to start now and continue into the fall,” she noted.
The centre, a division of the federal government, works to match high school, college, and university students with employers for the summer season. The jobs range from odd-jobs to long-term or permanent positions.
Over the last two weeks, Pochailo has been busy filling a rush of odd-job opportunities that have come up, mostly in response to their recent “flyer blitz” concentrating on seasonal and temporary positions.
“Most of the jobs now are odd-jobs, people wanting their lawns mowed . . . that kind of thing,” she said, adding she updates the sandwich board any time new positions come up.
“The sandwich board has been helping a lot. Before, people couldn’t always find us . . . some of them wouldn’t have come in without it.”
Pochailo noted the HRCC-S has set up about 200 students with jobs this summer–up about 18 percent from last year so far.
“I’m really happy with this summer. It went really well,” she said.
Part of this summer’s success, she noted, resulted from the various workshops and promotional activities Pochailo planned to make people aware of the service.
“I tried to organize more activities than last year. I tried to set a goal of at least one activity a week.”
In addition, Pochailo created a cardboard “job barometer” which she hung on the door of her office. On it, she marked out her goal of filling 50 jobs a month. This goal was always surpassed, she noted.
Pochailo pointed to Sabrina McCoy, 23, as one of this year’s success stories. McCoy, who is studying early childhood education, was hooked up with a summer job in her field through the HRCC-S.
“It was really fast-paced,” said McCoy, who was hired as summer program co-ordinator at Family and Children’s Services here four days after walking into the HRCC-S office earlier in the summer.
“I’m hoping to be a day care teacher so this is great experience under my belt,” McCoy said. “I think it will be very, very helpful.”