QUESTIONS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
The University of Ottawa is more than just a place for students; thousands of people are also working on campus. You might not realize it but the University employs more than 3,000 persons. Out of this group, you will find people in many different fields, from administration to research. The University of Ottawa staff is just as diverse as the student population is.
It is a competitive employer in the national capital area as it has now been in the top 10 employers in the area for the past few years. With their central location and the many benefits offered, it is no surprise that it is one of the best employers. Moreover, it is in the top 1% of the best universities in the world.
Working at the University of Ottawa is more than just working in an educational institution; you work with tons of different people and departments while living on an always-active campus. Read below to learn more about employment at the University of Ottawa.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE HIRING PROCESS
Q: What does the recruitment process look like?
A: The recruitment process resembles any other hiring process. The candidates will apply to the positions they are interested in through the website. They will then be notified if they are retained for an interview. The managers will interview the candidate for an hour or so, probably followed by a written test. After that, they will contact the references of the chosen candidate and offer him or her a position. For some positions, a written test may be required before the interview.
Q: What are they looking for when hiring?
A: The University looks for talented individuals who will be able to strive in a fast-paced and always changing environment. The manager evaluates each application based on the requirements of their fields and departments. However, there are some core competencies that all the candidates must have which are planning, initiative, service excellence and teamwork and cooperation.
Q: Are there any campus jobs for students who are not bilingual?
A: Bilingualism is definitely at the heart of the University as it is the biggest bilingual University in the world. However, some positions may not specifically require the candidate to be fully bilingual. In line with this value, the employees can talk and write in the language they prefer as long as they can understand and interact in both languages. Shoot your shot and try to apply even if you are not bilingual!
Q: How do you apply for any of the jobs?
A: To apply for any positions, you will need to go through the Human Resource’s website. Once you find a position that fits your interest, you will need to create a profile with your information and send your employment documents through your profile for the specific position. Make sure to include the contest number in the title of your documents!
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES
Q: Where can I see the available positions?
A: All positions are available on the Human Resource’s website. The jobs are broke down in 4 categories:
- Administrative and support
- Students (teaching and research or sports)
- Teaching and research (full-time and part-time)
You can click on any of the links to see the opportunities related to this category.
Q: What are some employment opportunities for students?
A: Students can find multiple jobs on campus. Within the many faculties and departments, the University of Ottawa employs multiple students. They can apply through the human resource’s website for the Teaching and Research assistant positions. They can also go through the Work-Study Program to find some part-time jobs on campus for the school year that will be full-time during the summer.
Q: How is the employment at the University of Ottawa for Art student?
A: After graduation, Art’s alumni can find various jobs that fit their field at the University. There are some positions in communication, translation, graphic design, and writing as well as many more fields related to Art. If you are interested in researching and teaching, there are also opportunities in those fields for the Art students.
Q: What kind of jobs are available for graduates of System Science?
A: Most jobs available for Science’s alumni will most likely be within the Teaching and Research departments. However, there are also some administrative opportunities within faculties that are centered on those fields. Surely, there will be a spot for you at the University!
Q: How can I become a teaching assistant? Do I need a referral from a professor?
A: To become a Teaching or Research Assistant, you will need to visit this website. Once on the site, you will be able to choose the term when you want to work as well as the faculty/ services you would like to work for.
You do not need a referral from a professor; however, if you have one, this can be a good reference to add to your resumé.
QUESTION ABOUT REQUIREMENT
Q: Do you have any job opportunities for international students?
A: There is no position that is specific to international students. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. However, if you can work in Canada, you should apply, as the University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer and encourage women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities to apply. The University of Ottawa offers multiple positions through the Work-Study Program on which international students can apply.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE WORKPLACE
Q: What makes you proud of working there?
A: What makes me the proudest of working at the University of Ottawa is shaping future generations. For years, offering a great academic experience and student experience on campus to all of the students was a priority. Improving the university experience is still at the top of the priorities and it is improving every year. What makes me proud is the collaboration to create this experience that is shaping the next generation of professionals and that result that talks for themselves every year!
Q: What have you learned or experienced that is beyond your expectations?
A: Though question, I’ve learned so much at the University of Ottawa! Above my field and my department, I think the most important thing I learned is how to connect with people. I’ve learned to work with so many people from different backgrounds and I interacted with so many people that lived incredible experiences. I think the biggest lesson for me was that despite the differences, everyone works with one another and strive as a whole to reach a common goal that is above all of them.
Q: What is the work culture like?
A: The work culture is well pronounced at the University. Come here on a Friday and you will definitely see it! The Gee-Gees are at the heart of the University of Ottawa. The Gee-Gees are the whole university community and everyone works to implement this work culture across campus. This culture promotes interpersonal exchanges and having a good time at work. There are multiple team-building activities organized with the teammates to spread out this message.
If you want to learn more about employment at the University of Ottawa, we invite you to visit our Human Ressource’s webpage.