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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.
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.
How VectorGen Positively Impacted Business Growth With “Nice to Haves”
September 9, 2020
Along with hundreds of other small business owners on Riipen, Laura uses the power of students to take on new and exciting opportunities. Students are learning many of the things that Laura is seeking support on, and the students are hungry to apply their knowledge into something more real-world than a textbook case study. We spoke with Laura about the impact student support has had on her business.
Representing the Real World: Dr. Linden Dalecki Details Integrating Experiential Learning in His Classroom
September 2, 2020
Dr. Linden Dalecki is an Associate Professor of Marketing and Management at the Kelce College of Business at Pittsburg State University. We spoke with Linden about how he's implemented Riipen projects in his classes in a way that represents the real world.
“Make Sure Everyone Wins”: Nick Kellet from Deploy Software Solutions Shares His Experience With Students
August 26, 2020
Nick Kellett is the Founder and CEO of Deploy Software Solutions - a company dedicated to helping other companies manage their software projects better. Riipen allows him to work with academic institutions and align his projects with students’ interests. Nick shares how he sets projects up for success by ensuring everyone involved wins.
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. 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 with a pre-existing network. As a result, mentorship is more crucial than ever. 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
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.
How to Take Advantage of Remote Work with Project-Based Internships
July 2, 2020
Remote work has emerged as the new norm, with major companies such as Shopify and Facebook announcing their plans for their workforce to go partially or fully remote in the coming year. One position that is facing major changes to adjust to this new remote work-environment is that of interns. Continue reading to explore the benefits of project-based internships and how to make that switch.
Adding Value with Rizza Tongco and the Diversity Whisperers
June 23, 2020
It’s been a great academic year since our partnership with RBC Future Launch, an initiative from RBC dedicated to helping young Canadians prepare for the job market. One of the 13 schools we partnered with was Red River College in Manitoba. After the completion of several in-class projects, we checked in with Rizza Tongco, a student who worked in a team called “The Diversity Whisperer”, with the European Travel Whisperer, a travel agency in New York, in her marketing class. The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.
Student Experiences Don’t Have to Be Cancelled This Summer - Here’s How
June 16, 2020
There’s no doubt that the impacts of COVID-19 have derailed many summer plans, including internship programs. However, this summer doesn’t have to be a dent in a student’s career journey, but a unique opportunity for them to explore project-based work and experiential learning.
Navigating a Virtual Semester for International Students
June 11, 2020
One student group that is facing a great amount of stress and uncertainty in the face of the pandemic are international students. We partnered with Josh Schachnow, a Toronto-based immigration lawyer and current CEO of Visto.ai - a company he founded to make the immigration journey as smooth as possible. He offers some essential insight for international students studying in Canada.
Research, Development, and Innovation: Justin Mosbey Spotlight
May 19, 2020
Through a Riipen project, Justin Mosbey lands a job at Deploy Solutions. This is his take on the international student experience with work-integrated learning.
McMaster CCE: Heather Pollex Showcase
March 12, 2020
Higher education institutions such as McMaster CCE are taking advantage of changes to programs and certificate requirements in order to better prepare their students. Instead of focusing on solely theory, McMaster CCE has introduced experiential learning to help students gain practical experience. Due to the constraints of continuing education students, McMaster CCE uses experiential learning engagements embedded into the classroom in order to provide students that opportunity.