Kamloops is home to many successful business professionals but who knew they were so eager to mentor the next generation?
And it’s a good thing with the increasing realization that a degree isn’t what it used to be.
“Just attending university classes is not going to aid in securing employment,” said Acacia Schmietenknop, third year Thompson Rivers University business student. “Students need to be proactive in getting their name into the business community.”
Collaboration with local entrepreneurs is the key to a new TRU program — one of a kind in Canada.
The School of Business and Economics is launching Business Kickstart 101, a student-centred initiative tapping into the expertise of more than 100 businesses and professionals.
“Our city is filled with talented industry professionals who recognize the value of partnerships,” said Alan Shaver, TRU president and vice-chancellor.
“Judging by the sheer number of people who signed onto this program right away, it is evident that many of our community’s business professionals are eager for a platform where they can share their skills and expertise with students.”
The program draws on the support of multiple partners including industry leaders, myriad university departments and students groups and alumni to provide career exploration and mentoring.
“The cross-pollination of ideas and innovations from across the University’s disciplines and from throughout the community is an excellent model for our students to learn at this stage of their careers,” said Russell Currie, TRU School of Business and Economics Dean.
The program offers such events as leading companies’ insights into workplace trends and corporate hiring practices; meeting face-to-face with employers to establish industry connections; a corporate speaker series on developing enterprises; and one-on-one mentorship with small business owners to civic leaders to corporate CEOs.