Welcome to me! It seems that I am the newest member of the Georgian College Research Analyst program advisory committee. I’m not completely sure yet what my role will entail but at least a portion of it will be to advise the college on the types of skills and knowledge their students should acquire as part of the program.
In my first meeting, I learned a number of interested things.
- Only about 20% of applicants are accepted into the program. Wow! That’s tougher than most university programs and many graduate degree programs!
- Their major research projects are often conducted as ‘freesearch.’ In other words, businesses and government offices take advantage of their students to conduct research for free. Given that the research projects I reviewed as part of the Education issue of Vue magazine (September 2013) were on par with a lot of paid-for work I’ve seen, whatever Georgian college is doing is top-notch and worth far more than free.
- Employers hiring RAPP students often write in the student evaluations that the students were productive on the very first day. I saw the quotes. I was impressed!
- While there are a number of awards for students conducting outstanding work during the program, there are currently no entrance scholarships for students who may be deserving of the program but simply cannot afford to apply to attend.
What did I take from this? The RAPP program finds great people and turns them into great researchers. It is to our advantage as market research employers to provide the students with internships as many of those interns will likely become our next awesome new hire. And think about whether your company can provide an entrance scholarship to a deserving student. There are a lot of organizations out there that can could easily make this their good deed of the day.