March 27, 2009
Chamber of Commerce and grad students partnerThe Calgary Chamber of Commerce has forged a new relationship with the University of Calgary Graduate Students’ Association (GSA). Through offering discounted memberships of $25 and giving assistance to the GSA’s Career and Mentorship program, graduate students will gain an edge over others seeking employment in this competitive job market.
“The GSA couldn’t be happier to receive this opportunity from the Chamber of Commerce,” said GSA President Rithesh Ram. “Over 70 percent of graduate students return to industry upon graduation. Yet even with multiple degrees, graduate students will face a highly competitive job market. Grad students joining the Chamber will get the chance to network and meet industry leaders in Calgary, which we believe will give them an edge in gaining employment.”
In turn, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce will have a chance to grow their organization and promote the next generation of business leaders.
“The Chamber understands that ensuring we have a highly skilled emerging labour force will guarantee the continued prosperity of Calgary business in the future,” says Heather Douglas, the President & CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “We look forward to working with the next generation of business leaders in Calgary.”
GSA Career and Mentorship Coordinator Julie Brown is excited about the prospect of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce hosting special learning and mentoring events in The Last Defence Lounge (the grad lounge). As well, she looks forward to the Chamber’s help in bolstering the Mentorship program.
“The Calgary Chamber of Commerce is in business for business, making it one of the best networking organizations in Calgary,” said Brown. “Many members are at the CEO, CFO and executive level—the decision-makers. Plus, given the current fiscal climate, networking and making connections will mean the difference between whether or not our students get a job.”