Wanted: Information Technology Professionals

The demand for Information Technology (IT) workers has returned. Not since the bubble years of the late 1990s have there been so many opportunities for Computer Science Co-op students and new graduates.

In an effort to recruit the best and brightest, employers are going beyond traditional recruiting methods to better establish their brand with future employees. The Computer Science Department and the Co-op Office have been hosting employer presentations regularly. On September 15th Shell Canada visited the University of Regina to reaffirm their standing as a competitive choice for future IT Co-op students and graduates. Ed Teron, Manager of Shared IT Infrastructure at Shell Canada, lead a team of long-time employees, recent hires, and former Co-op students. The delegation offered a presentation that enhanced awareness of the Shell Co-operative Education hiring opportunities by announcing 22 new IT jobs for Co-op students. While there are also many opportunities for new grads, Shell utilizes Co-op placements as a "long term interview," resulting in post-grad job offers for Co-op students prior to the completion of their academic programs.

Following a pizza lunch meet-and-greet with the students, the Shell delegates spent time with University researchers and faculty. In particular they were fascinated by the newest ongoing IT acoustics, graphics, and multimedia research. The University community should be congratulated for enthusiastic participation, resulting in tremendous support for the Shell Canada visit and event.

The Department of Computer Science and the Career Centre are committed to continuing to work together to successfully bring students and employers together. Watch your e-mail for invitations to future events!


Shell Canada Scholarships

An innovative scholarship program established by Shell Canada will provide Computer Science students at the U of R with scholarships as well as the possibility of employment with the company. Shell's $150,000 donation to the University's Building Dreams and Futures campaign will create three new scholarships for Computer Science students: the Shell Canada Aboriginal Scholarship in Computer Science and two Shell Canada Scholarships in Computer Science. Award recipients will have the opportunity to interview for potential work term placements or employment opportunities with Shell Canada.

"We recognize that helping Canadian students get the best education is critical to the success of our country and our company," says Clive Mather, president and CEO, Shell Canada.

The scholarships are $2,500 each and are based on academic achievement. They will be presented annually to third or fourth-year Computer Science students, commencing in Fall 2007.

Shell Canada Limited is a large integrated petroleum company in Canada with three major businesses. Exploration and Production explores for, produces and markets natural gas and natural gas liquids. Oil Sands is responsible for an integrated bitumen mining and upgrading operation and Shell Canada's in situ bitumen business in Alberta. Oil Products manufactures, distributes and markets refined petroleum products across Canada.

Building Dreams and Futures is an ambitious campaign to raise $100 million for priority areas of the University of Regina, including student and research support, the Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport and emerging priorities. Funds are being raised from a variety of funding sources, including donations from individuals, corporations, and community organizations. Information on the campaign and how to make a contribution is available at 1-877-779-4723 or www.uregina.ca/campaign.

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