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Students' First Year is Key to Future Career Success

Sep 26, 2013

Associate Dean of Student Success Explains the Steps to Take Now to Build a Future Career

For Immediate Release: September 26, 2013

While many students traditionally start thinking about their careers toward the end of their academic studies, Joe Henry, Associate Dean of Student Success at Sheridan College advises that the time to start planning is during a student’s first year on campus.

Students' First Year is Key to Future Career Success

In a talk earlier this week to 4,000 prospective applicants at the National Association for College Admissions Counselling (NACAC) College Fair at the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, Henry had the following advice to share:

  • Think about who you are. Research has shown that being indecisive about one’s career choice impacts degree completion rates. Take the time early on to explore career options and personal development opportunities.
  • Colleges admit people who they believe in. However, it is up to students to recognize when they need help and to reach out and ask for it. Every institution has a wealth of resources in counselling and advisement that are there for the taking.
  • Get involved. Students who are actively engaged outside the classroom have been shown to do better academically.
  • Get to know the library staff. Information literacy is crucial. Librarians can help with research, citation and academic integrity.
  • Take a break. Visit the athletic facilities, eat lunch in the green space outdoors when you can, or socialize with friends in lounge areas. Having time to wind down impacts overall well-being.

Henry stressed that resilience, adaptability, and personal responsibility underpin all of the above. He also advised students to set important parameters with their parents early on, such as who is allowed to view a student’s record of academic progress. “Colleges cannot release this information to parents without the written consent of the student. Now is the time to have this conversation to avoid disappointment or confusion,” said Henry.

About Sheridan

Sheridan College is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions, offering over 100 diploma, certificate, and bachelor degree programs in an environment that fosters innovation and creativity. Its aim is to become Ontario’s first university dedicated to undergraduate professional education, a model that will be based on applied learning and Sheridan’s renown for creativity and innovation. The model also focuses on meeting university accreditation requirements so that graduates have more pathways to the ongoing learning that will underscore their personal, career, and industry success.

For more information, or to arrange interview opportunities, please contact:

Christine Szustaczek, Director of Corporate Communications & External Relations
T: 905-815-4169 or Email:

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