In January 100 recent graduates will begin a one-year, paid internship at the Royal Bank.
In January 100 recent college or university graduates will begin a one-year, paid internship at the Royal Bank of Canada designed to help young people get a foot in the workplace door.
The Career Launch Program is open to graduates up to age 24 with any educational background and involves a rotation among a retail bank branch, an RBC non-profit community partner and another area of bank operations.
The jobs are in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and eight other Ontario cities.
RBC’s Chief Human Resources Officer Zabeen Hirji says the bank already employs 2,400 young people through various programs and hires 900 more as interns, co-ops and summer students. She says Career Launch is different and that the bank is committed to it for a minimum of three years.
“This is a program that will enhance participants’ resume and give them workplace skills they can use in any environment,” she says.
Each intern will have a mentor at the bank to act as a sounding board and help them get the most out of the program, although being selected for the internship doesn’t guarantee a future position with RBC.
The deadline for online applicationswww.rbc.com/careers/careerlaunch is midnight on October 22nd. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified by the end of the month. The work terms begin work on January 27, 2014.
Cassandra Cook, in her third year as a full-time marketing employee, worked for the bank part-time and then as an intern when she was a student at University of Western Ontario. She sees Career Launch as a way for graduates to apply the theoretical information learned in school and practical applications in the working world.
“I’ve suggested that several of my friends apply,” she said.
Almost three-quarters of recent post-secondary graduates surveyed by Ipsos-Reid reported that lack of experience is a barrier to securing their first job. Forty-four per cent of employed youth who graduated in the past five years do not consider their jobs as careers.
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