Global Connections Part 1: #RyersonAtOxford Staff Exchange
The Ryerson Career Centre’s upcoming staff exchange at the University of Oxford is an exciting initiative aimed at broadening the scope of collaboration within student affairs and increasing awareness of global best practices. From April 25–May 6, 2016, I have the privilege of representing RyersonSA at Oxford’s Careers Service department.
Discussions about a Ryerson-Oxford staff exchange began in the fall of 2014. The partnership would allow a consultant from each career services team to “swap” centres for 2–3 weeks to gain an international perspective on career development, promote experiential learning, and facilitate new connections. The directors from both centres—Caroline Konrad (Ryerson) and Jonathan Black (Oxford)—saw the benefits of an immersive experience that would encourage both teams to think outside-of-the-box and grow.
In late February, our career centre welcomed Oxford’s Careers Adviser, Damilola Odimayo, to Toronto. Over the course of two and a half weeks, Damilola observed and participated in our day-to-day career programming, learned about The 6ix’s deep reverence for Drake, and experienced her first Canadian winter! She provided us with an overview of Oxford’s Careers Service offering, and highlighted examples of her work with students and alumni in the UK. Before completing her exchange, Damilola joined RyersonSA in Montreal for the 2016 ACPA Convention.
Having provided career support at 4 Canadian post-secondary institutions, I am grateful for the opportunity to expand my career development and student affairs knowledge in an international setting. To increase the depth of support that we can offer to students at Ryerson, I am interested in learning more about Oxford’s:
- Internship Programme
- Student Welfare and Support Services (especially from the Disability Advisory Service)
- Isis Startup Incubator
- Student Consultancy
The Ryerson-Oxford staff exchange promotes forward thinking in student affairs, and paves the road for heightened career planning and employer engagement activities. I look forward to sharing my experience abroad through parts 2 and 3 of my “Global Connections” series.