Western partners with Magnet to bring career opportunities to students

Western University students will soon have access to a new online networking platform designed to connect employers with qualified job seekers. The university has signed on as a partner in Magnet, a non-profit initiative, co-founded by Ryerson University and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce launched today at an event in Toronto.

The networking platform, developed in response to pressing youth unemployment issues, provides roughly 60,000 employers affiliated with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce with an easier, more accurate and more cost-effective way to tap into the supply of qualified candidates.

“Western is committed to helping our students get the most from their educations and develop career and life competencies that will help them work toward successful futures,” said Angie Mandich, (Acting) Associate VP (Student Experience) at Western. “We’re confident that bringing students and employers together through Magnet will be a win-win for job-seekers and for employers hiring Western’s global-ready graduates.”

Western students will be able to access Magnet through the University’s Student Success Centre. Users will set up a detailed online profile including their education, skills, expertise and work experience, which is then highly searchable by employers looking to fill specific job openings. User profiles remain anonymous showing only qualifications until employers pay a small fee to view the job seeker’s full profile and make contact.

The initiative, which is partly funded by the Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities, currently counts 20 Ontario colleges and universities and more than 30 community partners as network members.

More information about Magnet is available at www.magnet.today

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen Ledgley, Senior Media Relations Officer, Western University, 519-661-2111 x.85283, sledgley@uwo.ca