One of the expectations that comes with obtaining a University Degree is that you take that education and turn it into a career. There will always be a transition period, where one might have to deal with working a gas pump, or a warehouse. Even if it feels like being stuck in limbo, sometimes a nudge in the right direction is all that is really needed to get a foot in the door of your dream job. Do some research. Know who the top employers are for recent graduates and make connections. Knowing who is looking can often be half the battle.
*For those of you still searching, do you know what not to do? http://www.donaldsonjames.com/2011/10/top-10-job-search-mistakes-college-grads-are-making/
I am not writing this to tell you what to do, rather I am attempting to provide you with information on some of the top employers for recent graduates in the Edmonton area. Here is a list of some Alberta employers that made the national top 100 employers list, compiled by Richard Yerema and Kristina Leung, Mediacorp Canada Inc. staff editors (http://www.canadastop100.com/alberta/ ) :
1. Alberta Blue Cross:
a. Offers retirement planning assistance, phased in work options and a defined benefit pension plan.
b. Encourages ongoing skills development with generous tuition subsidies (to $4,000), in-house and online training programs, subsidies for professional accreditation and a formal mentoring program.
c. Also manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary education (to $1,000 per child).
d. Supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 95% of salary for 5 weeks) and health benefits that extend through their leave.
2. Edmonton Regional Airport Authority
a. New employees start at three weeks of paid vacation allowance and receive additional personal paid days-off that can be used throughout the year.
b. Provides maternity leave top up payments to employees who are new mothers (to 93% of salary for 15 weeks) and parental top-up payments for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 93% of salary for 15 weeks).
c. Helps employees save for retirement with generous contributions to defined benefit and contribution pension plans (depending on their position).
3. Encana Corporation
a. Offers great financial rewards including signing bonuses for some employees, generous referral bonuses (to $5,000) and a share purchase plan that is available to all employees.
b. Encourages ongoing employee development with tuition subsidies for job-related courses, in-house and online training programs, subsidies for professional accreditation.
c. Also manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary education (to $2,500 per child).
4. Syncrude Canada LTD.
a. Supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 6 weeks) and extended health benefit coverage during their leave.
b. Helps employees balance work and their personal life with a variety of alternative work arrangements including flexible hours, telecommuting, formal earned days-off program and shortened and compressed work week options.
c. Also manages an academic scholarship program for children of employees who pursue post-secondary education (to $2,400 per child)
5. University of Alberta
a. The campus features several onsite amenities including a fully-equipped fitness facility, employee lounge, quiet room for meditation or religious observance and nap room for employees who need a quick break during the busy day.
b. Invests in ongoing employee development with subsidies for tuition and professional accreditation, a range of in-house and online training options and a formal mentoring program.
c. Supports employees who are new mothers with maternity leave top-up payments (to 95% of salary for 25 weeks) and parental leave top-up for new fathers and adoptive parents (to 95% of salary for 10 weeks).
d. Also operates subsidized daycare facilities onsite for employees with young children and provides an offsite daycare subsidy (to $2,000 per child) for employees looking for care closer to home.