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Looking Back at 2020, Riipen Celebrates 7 Years
December 18, 2020
On December 13th, 2020, Riipen celebrated its seven-year anniversary! 2020 has brought with it many challenges, but also many opportunities. Though there is still a long way to go to achieve our mission of ending graduate underemployment globally, we have made strides towards that goal. As the year draws to a close, we would like to take the time to reflect on some of the key highlights from our year:
Expanding Student Reach with Kris Hodgson-Bright and Lethbridge College
December 16, 2020
Starting as a pilot in the Spring of 2020 and then adapted fully for the 2020/2021 academic year, Lethbridge College in Southern Alberta joins the 150+ campuses across North America using Riipen. Lethbridge College is one of 16 Canadian post-secondary institutions using Riipen funded through the second phase of the RBC Future Launch partnership.
4 Tips to Virtually Engage Students as an Educator
December 9, 2020
With such distance between each student and their professor, it can be tough for students to truly feel engaged and easy for them to get distracted. Professors had to get innovative with how they teach and get students to remain focused. Here are 4 tips you can try to virtually engage students as an educator.
Going International With Vanessa Brancatisano and RMIT University
December 2, 2020
RMIT University is a recognized leader in experiential learning committed to not just providing their students with work-integrated learning opportunities but also international work experience. Every engagement for their students on the Riipen platform works with an international industry partner. One instructor bringing global experiences into the classroom is Vanessa Brancatisano. We sat down with Vanessa to learn more about her experience and the power of an international experiential learning experience.
What Does the Future of Work Look Like for Students?
November 25, 2020
We have been introduced to a new way to work for many: virtual working. Fortunately, we may reach a point where our work environment can return to the one we were used to pre-pandemic. The future of work is looking clearer as each day goes by. Here is what it will look like for students entering the workforce post-pandemic.
International Work-Integrated Experience with Karen Clinkard and the University of Southampton
November 18, 2020
In 2019, Riipen welcomed the University of Southampton based in England, United Kingdom to our network of academic institutions. Southampton is the first UK university to join our community, and one of the first adopters of the Riipen platform was Principal Teaching Fellow and work-integrated learning champion, Karen Clinkard.
Reskilling and Upskilling for a Post-COVID World
November 11, 2020
We have all worked hard to adapt to the virtual environment, but what happens when it is no longer necessary? After all the change we had to go through adapting to the pandemic, there will likely be another learning curve. This learning curve can be reduced however and we can start preparing for it as soon as we can by continuing to reskill and upskill.
3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Time in a Virtual Environment
November 4, 2020
The pandemic has caused students across the globe to continue their work and studies from home. However, despite this it is important to always look for opportunities no matter the situation. We have compiled 3 good tips on how you can make the most of your time in a virtual environment, so that the loss of in-person engagement does not mean lost opportunities.
The Benefits of a Project-Based Curriculum in the Classroom
October 28, 2020
There are many different methods of teaching in the classroom which professors can use, one of which is project-based learning. Project-based learning is a method in which students make use of real-world problems and cases in order to learn and develop meaningful skills. Let’s explore project-based learning and what benefits it can give to students, especially those currently facing online learning.
How to Teach Today's Most In Demand Soft Skills in a Virtual Class
October 21, 2020
A great way to learn soft skills is through experience, but sometimes the experience we are looking for isn’t always available to us. This is why it can be extremely beneficial to implement the usage of important soft skills into school curriculum. Here are some methods in which professors can create opportunities for their students to build these key soft skills while learning continues to take place in a virtual environment.
The Top Soft Skills Recruiters Are Looking For, Especially During COVID
October 14, 2020
As the world continues to change, the skills most important to recruiters change alongside it. Here are the top 4 soft skills recruiters are looking for while hiring in a post-COVID world.
How COVID is Causing the International Student Landscape to Evolve
October 6, 2020
COVID-19 has shocked the world, forcing us to adapt by shifting to a virtual-first world. This shift has caused a lot of change in post-secondary institutions, both academically and socially. With classes being virtual, many international students may choose to stay in their country of origin rather than returning to school campuses. International students specifically are feeling the impact COVID has caused to the higher education landscape. Post-secondary institutions will have to address the new concerns and interests of international students if they hope to keep them interested.
How to Grow Your Business With Virtual Internships
September 30, 2020
On Tuesday, September 29th, Riipen hosted a panel at Vancouver Startup Week 2020 focused on how to grow your business with virtual interns. We were joined by four students that completed virtual internships this summer as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
Going Beyond Borders With Howard Errey and RMIT University
September 23, 2020
RMIT University is Riipen’s first academic partner in Australia. Interestingly, RMIT wants its students to work on projects outside of Australia. All experiential learning engagements for students on the Riipen platform occur across borders.
How COVID Has Changed the Way Students Choose Their Post-Secondary Institution
September 16, 2020
Most colleges and universities have now returned to school for the fall. Many have come in with a plan for this academic year, but these measures are only temporary responses to the current global pandemic. However, as traditional university practices drastically change this fall, the factors potential incoming students consider when choosing their university have changed - potentially for the long term.
Making Mistakes, Taking Initiative, and Self-Reflecting: The Riipen Intern Managers Offer Advice for Virtual Interns
August 18, 2020
As we wrap up the summer with our first group of virtual internships, we asked our intern managers to give insight for students who are completing their internship or starting one this Fall. Read more for advice to make the most of your current or future placement!
The Case for Mentors: A Student’s Best Strategy This Fall
August 11, 2020
Nearly 80% of jobs aren’t even posted publicly and moreover, 85% of jobs are filled through networking. The cancellation of networking opportunities is devastating for many students and worsens the network gap. For students from low socio-economic backgrounds, their post-secondary education is an opportunity to level the playing field and find their own connections compared to students who come from families with a pre-existing network. As a result, mentorship is more crucial than ever, not only for career purposes but for support during these times. For students in any field, here are a few reasons to make the search for mentors a priority and some tips for how to approach the process.
The Future of Hiring Looks Different for Everyone - Here’s How to Prepare
August 4, 2020
Skills automation and machine learning are quickly becoming common tools in the workforce. With any change, we must assess its impact on everyone as the implications of these technological innovations disproportionately affect women and minorities. Diversity and inclusion have been brought to the forefront this year with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and our efforts must be adapted as the job market faces major changes. Here are some of the trends to expect and recommendations for a more inclusive strategy for your organization’s needs.
Career Services Steps Up to Help Students Overcome Mass Internship Cancellations
July 29, 2020
As students worried and desperately searched for alternatives to replace their lost placements, there was one career service professional that could not sit idle. Meet Jennifer Krupp, a career coach from Washington University in St. Louis. In the face of the pandemic, Jennifer single-handedly used the Riipen platform to successfully match 50+ students to virtual internship projects for the summer.
The Realities of Doing a Client Project as a Student
July 22, 2020
Johnny Swierczynski, a marketing student from the University of Southampton in the UK, reflects on his Riipen project and discusses some of the realities of working with a real client as a student including challenges he faced and some of his key takeaways.
Why Collaborations Between Colleges and Companies Are Important Now More Than Ever
July 15, 2020
It’s hard to predict what a post-COVID job market will look like but it has become clear that students must be better equipped with the right skills for any outcome. Facing similar concerns, companies and colleges should collaborate on improving the education system to face these past and future challenges. Continue reading to learn more about what a collaboration would look like and how it’s uniquely beneficial during this time.
Tips for Developing Soft Skills in a Remote Workplace
July 7, 2020
Whether your internships are role-based or project-based, the development of soft skills should be built into the scope of your placement. Continue reading for some tips on how to ensure your virtual work environment encourages the development of interpersonal skills as well as how to measure the progress of these skills while working with remote interns.