RBC helps business students launch their careers

$100,000 gift expands experiential learning opportunities

Lindsay Penner - 19 December 2017

The world of work is changing quickly, and students are looking for answers to big questions as they move into the workforce: How does what I learned in the classroom apply in the real world? Will I find a job when I graduate? How do I build my professional network?

A recent $100,000 gift from RBC through its Future Launch initiative is helping the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta transform the way students transition from the classroom to careers.

RBC's gift will help the Alberta School of Business expose students to real-world situations in the classroom and beyond.

For example, the gift will make possible a pilot of Riipen, an online platform that connects students with industry or business problems. Instead of relying on typical historical or fictional case studies as assignments, Riipen enables students to interact directly with real employers to solve real-world problems, with ongoing oversight from their instructor.

RBC's gift will also give undergraduate students more opportunities to drive career exploration through co-op work opportunities, summer internships, job-shadowing and mock interviews. As students transition into the workforce, the Alberta School of Business is integrating its existing offerings into a comprehensive mentorship system pairing undergraduate students, first-year MBA students and recent graduates with alumni and employers. With this tailored and coordinated approach, students and new graduates will have enhanced opportunities to develop effective mentoring relationships with professionals in their field.

Christian Comeau, a fourth-year commerce student who applied lessons learned in his finance major to three work terms in public-equity research, says real-world experience is vital. "As a co-op student, your propensity to develop truly hinges on the quality of mentorship that you receive. It not only gives you an upper hand in competing for positions out of school, but also gives you the experience that will allow you to hit the ground running at the start of your career."

"This donation demonstrates RBC's continued commitment to career development and mentorship for students, in support of Canada's economy," says Joseph Doucet, dean of the Alberta School of Business. "RBC's contribution will leverage our ongoing efforts to connect our students with potential employers and career opportunities, and strengthen our learning environment."

"RBC is incredibly proud to support the Alberta School of Business in its efforts to transform the way students learn and interact in today's world," says Jeff Boyd, regional president of RBC in Alberta and the territories.

"Through RBC Future Launch, our goal is to help young Canadians gain access to the skills, experience, knowledge and networks that will allow them to make their mark in the 21st century all it can be."