Networking Opportunities and Programs

Lakehead Connect- Ten Thousand Coffees Program

Lakehead Connect is an online networking program powered by the Ten Thousand Coffees platform, matching alumni with students and recent grads, based on your career-specific interests and goals for inspiring conversation. You can schedule and set up a coffee chat in-person or online!

You'll have access to alumni and industry partners with valuable life and career advice to share. With 85% of jobs being filled via networking and 2.4 million jobs available over the next four years, the time to build your network is now.

How does LakeheadConnect work?

  • You’ll receive monthly introductions each year to a fellow student or alumni based on your career interests and goals.
  • Suggest a time to chat, in-person at a coffee shop or online from the comfort of your home, to share your advice and experience
  • Receive an official LinkedIn certification to recognize your commitment to continuous learning and career advancement.
  • Once you join, all introductions are sent directly to your preferred inbox, schedule a time, and get an invite directly to your Gmail/Outlook calendar
  • Click here to sign up for the Lakehead Connect platform
Riipen Program

Riipen is North America’s largest experiential learning platform dedicated to helping connect students with industry and community partners to complete short-term class projects, virtual internships, and co-operative education opportunities. This initiative is supported by the RBC Future Launch program.

Visit the Riipen Academy for resource guides available to educators and students.

*Full details are available on the Teaching Commons Riipen resource page.

Try the Level Up Program by Riipen! Students complete short-term projects from real organizations using skills they already have – and get paid to do it. Each project takes 80 hours per person, is worked on remotely, and has a flexible timeline to complete over 2-8 weeks. Projects can be completed individually or as part of a team, with each member earning a $1,400 stipend per project, whether it is in a group or solo.

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Connector Program

Connect to opportunities in Northwestern Ontario with the Northwest Connector Program! Despite the large geographic area of Northwestern Ontario, the people in our communities are very connected. Everyone knows everyone. As a result, employers often turn to their networks for referrals when looking to hire. Up to 80% of available jobs never get posted on a job board. That means new grads who have yet to establish a professional network may be missing opportunities to put their skills to work here.

The Northwest Connector Program is an intentional, pay it forward, networking program that works in 3 simple steps:

  1. New graduates can apply to the program as a Connectee, where they will be matched with a local business and community leader (or Connector) in their field of interest.
  2. The two connect and discuss things like industry trends, market demand and local opportunities.
  3. The Connector then provides the Connectee with referrals to others in their network to meet and the whole process happens all over again.

The experience provides valuable insight into the local job market and sets the Connectee on the path to create their own success. The Connector gets to help cultivate new local talent, making their industry and our community grow stronger, more inclusive, and welcoming. It’s a win – win! Find more information or apply to participate at nswpb.ca/connector.

Job Banks and Programs

Below, you will find a list of common job banks and employment programs used for job searching:

City of Thunder Bay job bank

Simcoe County job board

City of Orillia job bank

Government of Ontario job bank

Government of Canada job bank

FSWEP- Federal Student Work Experience Program 

YCW - Young Canada Works 

LinkedIn JobBoard

Indeed 

Magnet

TalentEgg

Workpolis - All Student

North Superior Workforce Planning Board - Thunder Bay Job Board