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Preparing Students for Future Career Success: New Career Series Launches at Trent University

October 10, 2018

RBC Future Launch donates $85,000 to help create Skills, Jobs & Everything in Between series

Career experience and future success for students is the goal of a new speaker series launching at Trent University this week and supported by an $85,000 funding infusion from the RBC Future Launch program.

The ten-part Skills, Jobs & Everything in Between series will provide Trent students with support, and inspiration, to be career ready after graduation. Reflective of the University’s commitment to provide every Trent student with a guaranteed, meaningful, purposeful and recorded experiential learning experience, the collaborative series will highlight partnerships with local business owners who can offer their expertise and on-the-ground workforce experiences to students.

“Through the generosity of RBC’s Future Launch program, students participating in this series can gain insights into the jobs of tomorrow – especially the knowledge and skills necessary to start their own business,” said Dr. Tom Phillips, interim director of the Co-op, Careers and Experiential Learning at Trent University. “The Skills, Jobs & Everything in Between series will focus on the combination of three I’s – inspiration, information and interaction – and will complement Trent’s efforts to offer guaranteed experiential learning opportunities to all students. There is a natural link from experiential learning to careers that Trent supports through its careers-related programming and services, and its experiential learning opportunities. RBC’s Future Launch program is a welcome addition to helping students prepare for the workplace of the future.”

Topics to be covered by visiting speakers and experts include soft-skills development and workplace expectations, entrepreneurship and small business development, personal finance, and using labour market to explore workforce opportunities. The series will include an emphasis on Indigenous youth career paths, and gets underway October 10 with an introductory session for all students.

“Looking at career opportunities after graduating can be a daunting task for young people today but thanks to RBC’s Future Launch program, Trent students and our young alumni will have the chance to consider some clear options for their own careers and entrepreneurial opportunities,” said Sherry Booth, director of philanthropy at Trent. “We are exceptionally appreciative of RBC’s philanthropic investment into the futures of our students and alumni.”

The Skills, Jobs & Everything in Between series is a partnership between Trent University’s new Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, to be located in the transformed Bata Library, and the Co-op, Careers and Experiential Learning department.

About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham – Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.

About RBC Future Launch
The RBC Future Launch program works with governments, educators, youth-serving organizations, and companies to help youth get work experience, grow their network, and gain new skills.

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Kate Gennings, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6180 or

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