New "SMU Cafe" launches Monday, Sept. 17

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To help young Canadians prepare for the future of work, RBC Future Launch and Ten Thousand Coffees have partnered to increase access to alumni networking and mentoring for students at seven post-secondary institutions across Canada.

Saint Mary’s the only Atlantic Canadian school participating in upcoming launch of Ten Thousand Coffees initiative. Ten Thousand Coffees works with more than 200 leading organizations around the world to connect the students and alumni and provide meaningful mentorship and networking opportunities at Saint Mary’s and beyond. Learn more at: www.tenthousandcoffees.com

Phase one of the partnership, which officially starts September 17, will launch at the following post-secondary institutions:

  • George Brown College – Centre for Business

  • McGill University – Desautels Faculty of Management

  • Saint Mary's University – All Faculties

  • University of Calgary – Schulich School of Engineering

  • University of Guelph – College of Business and Economics

  • University of Lethbridge – All Faculties

  • University of Victoria – Gustavson School of Business

  • University of Victoria – Faculty of Social Sciences

  • University of Victoria – Faculty of Engineering

These schools are providing their alumni and students with the opportunity to join their private communities on Ten Thousand Coffees. Alumni and students will get matches to meet for a “coffee” based on career goals, skills and interests. Whether it’s career advice, job shadowing, or a mentoring chat - participants can get matched based on what interests them most. Students and alumni will be matched based on their career goals and will be provided with simple, step-by-step instructions on how to network effectively.

In addition, Ten Thousand Coffees provides LinkedIn certificates to help participants in their job search and support them during professional development discussion. Students can also include their participation in the program to their co-curricular record, which when combined with their academic transcript, complements their resume and helps youth articulate their skills to potential employers.

We hope that many of our alumni, faculty and staff will be among the first to join this exciting new networking initiative

Questions? Contact Chantal Caissie, Alumni Officer, at chantal.caissie@smu.ca