SAIT alumni find their way in a new economy
Alberta's economic downturn isn't news to students returning to SAIT's campus this fall. Oil prices continue to hover around $46 USD and Alberta's unemployment rate has almost doubled in the last two years - 8.6% in July 2016 from 4.6 % in July 2014.
While our graduate employment numbers saw a corresponding shift from 94% in 2015 to 86% in 2016, SAIT grads are still in high demand by industry. In fact, the employer satisfaction rate for SAIT graduates is 93% - with 98% of employers indicating they are somewhat or very likely to hire our grads in the future."Our top priority is student success, and that extends past convocation day," says Dr. David Ross, President and CEO of SAIT. "Our programs focus on skill development, giving SAIT alumni an edge in their careers."
Both graduate employment numbers and employer satisfaction rates remain high in the current uncertain economic climate because SAIT offers students something unique in Calgary's post-secondary landscape."SAIT has a long tradition of industry partnerships," says Dr. Ross. "We develop programs based on industry demand and we offer our students industry connections throughout their time here."Relevant education goes hand-in-hand with applied research and groundbreaking student projects that encourage innovation and entrepreneurship - producing graduates ready to shape new worlds."The current economic climate in Alberta makes it more challenging today to take a linear career path. The good news for SAIT grads is they're heading into the job market with the in-demand skills and innovative mindset only action-based learning can teach," says Dr. Ross.
Starting off on the right track
SAIT offers students career resources from the moment they step on campus. The Student Employment and Career Centre has a new storefront in the Stan Grad Centre (MC218) and provides SAIT students with resume help and interview preparation - giving them a leg up against the competition."Don't wait until graduation to start building your resume," says Lara Schuelke, Career Development Specialist. "Take the opportunities SAIT offers to get ahead in your career search - networking at industry nights, internships, volunteering and participating in campus activities can get you noticed as you step into your career."The SAIT job board - Career Connector - is an important resource for both students and alumni, and the Career Directions job fair gives students a chance to network with recruiters and - often - apply for jobs on the spot."Being prepared for these situations - with a strong resume and arsenal of polished answers for common interview questions - can be the difference in getting a job," says Schuelke.