CDI forges relationships with businesses to help students

It can be quite nerve-racking. Sitting in an interview, not knowing what the next question will be, and knowing that the wrong answer could cost you a great job. It’s enough to make even the most confident jittery.

That’s why CDI College of Business & Technology spends a lot of time forging strong relationships with the businesses in their community. By working closely with firms looking for IT workers, they hope to give their graduating students an edge.

Forty-five employment specialists working at 31 CDI Colleges across the country work closely with high tech firms to find out what kind of people they’re looking for, and then send only the grads they feel will fit in with the company’s culture for a job interview.

The arrangement can be beneficial to both the employers and the graduating students, said CDI College president Douglas Morley in Toronto.

“The value added for the employers is, once they give us a job ad, we try to understand not only the technical knowledge required but the personal characteristics sought by the employer,” he said.

When he needs to hire a high tech worker, Kevin Hunt, who is himself a former CDI grad, always thinks of the college first.

“[CDI doesn’t] just take your number and send you r