The Global Business Management (GBM) program at Humber College attracts a diverse set of students from various nationalities. Its goal is to provide students with experiential learning to accelerate their careers.
A question frequently asked by many of the graduating international students has been, “How can I effectively transition my skills and experiences into the Canadian job market?”
Kalpana Pareek, Professor, Longo Faculty of Business, recognized this challenge that international students faced and prioritized providing them with the knowledge and resources they needed to support their career journeys. Additionally, with Pareek having over a decade of experience within the Canadian financial services industry and having worked for the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), she decided to leverage her network to support these students. As a result, Pareek connected with a former colleague, Michael Pavkovic, Vice President, Payments and Operations, at RBC, to get his thoughts on how international students from the GBM program could receive meaningful work experiences.
Pavkovic, being an ardent proponent of RBC's student program, proposed a partnership with RBC’s Payments and Trade Operations team that would provide graduating students from the program with a full-time paid internship to help build careers within the financial services industry and support their path to immigration.
“International students are a pillar of Canada’s immigration strategy and they are also a rich source of highly-skilled global talent. Here at RBC, we recognize that many of these students can face barriers when entering the Canadian job market and that is why we want to help provide them with an opportunity to gain new skills, grow their network, and get the rewarding experiences they need to kick start their careers,” said Pavkovic.
Pareek and Pavkovic agreed to the partnership and a new collaboration with RBC and Humber College was created.
The collaboration began last month and 8 students from the GBM program received a new career opportunity with RBC. Towards the end of the internship, students are given consideration to be recruited permanently.
This is not the first time RBC’s Payments & Trade Operations team collaborated with Humber College to provide students with an opportunity to thrive in the future of work. Earlier this year, the team partnered with Humber College’s Business Insights and Analytics program and has since provided 6 students from the program with a full-time internship.
Through these collaborations, Humber College and RBC have further strengthened their relationship and student-centric goals.
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