Student Employment Services
Practicum and Work Placements
Contact: Mary Davies (250) 489-2751 local 3441
Some programs have a mandatory practicum requirement which must be completed to graduate.
Students may be allowed to use a relevant, paid position (Work Placement) to fulfill the practicum requirement, however prior approval must be obtained from the Instructor or Program Coordinator based on individual evaluation of the position.
How Do I Find a Practicum or Work Placement?
For some programs, the Career Placement Officer or a faculty member will set up a placement for the student with community employers, for others programs the responsibility for finding a work placement lies with you. Please check your program design and course outlines, or contact the Program Coordinator or Career and Placement Officer if you have questions regarding your program.
Where possible, students will complete practicum requirements in their own community. If they are not able to complete practicum requirements in their own communities, students must be prepared to travel elsewhere, and will be responsible for their own transportation as well as any travel and living expenses.
Please note that any paid Work Placement used to fulfill a Practicum requirement is the responsibility of the student to arrange, along with obtaining prior approval from the Instructor and/or Program Coordinator.
What Happens during my Practicum or Work Placement?
Regular contact is maintained between you, the College and the employer. Both you and the employer will be asked to complete evaluations of the placement upon completion.
How Do I Get Credit for My Work Placement?
As Practica are inclusive of your program requirements, you are assigned a grade of either “Complete” or "No Credit Granted”. Upon satisfactory completion of all academic and Practicum requirements for your program, you will receive the appropriate Diploma, Certificate, or Post-Diploma designation on your transcripts.
How Do You Benefit?
A practicum is aimed at giving students supervised, real-world application and experience of theory and principles learned throughout their course of study.
Make Valuable Contacts
You increase your chances of finding employment in your field upon graduation by expanding your professional network and acquiring essential contacts and references in your industry or business community.
Increase Your Employability
Upon graduation you will have an edge on the competition by offering employers practical experience as well as education listed on your resume.
Refine Your Career Goals
You get a clear picture of the real work environment, which allows you to refine your career plans and make a more satisfying transition from school to the workforce.
Increase Your Confidence and Technical Skills
You gain confidence in your abilities and acquire competence in your field of study.
Enhance Job Search Skills
You are offered job search skills and guidance that will help you increase the effectiveness of your job search.