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Career Boost and Work Study Research Assistant Program

The program provides on-campus employment to eligible full time undergraduate students returning to Ryerson.

The program works in partnership with academic units, administrative units, faculty, staff and students to support the practice and scholarship of learning at Ryerson University.

  1. Review program details and eligibility requirements listed below and apply online through the Career Boost websiteNew window.
  2. If approved, students may view job postings by logging into the Career Boost websiteNew window or the Work Study Research Assistant ProgramNew window.
  3. If you are successful in obtaining an interview, please bring a copy of your approval email to the interview.

View Program Details and Significant Dates below.

  Program Details
Duration Fall 2019: September 3 - December 6, 2019
Winter 2020:
January 8 - April 3, 2020
Number of Weeks and Hours Per Week Maximum: 26.5 weeks, 15 hours per week - no overtime
Number of Positions Per Student A student can hold only one on campus Career Boost or Work Study Research Assistant position.
Work Study Research Assistant positions are granted and administered through Office of Vice-President, Research & Innovation (OVPRI).
Hourly Wage Hourly Wage (Effective January 1, 2019):
Career Boost On Campus: Minimum $14/hour to $17/hour
Work Study Research Assistant: $18.48/hour
Student Eligibility Please refer to "Am I Eligible" criteria below.
  Significant Dates
August 13 to December 13, 2019 Students interested in participating in the on campus Career Boost or Work Study Research Assistant program for Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 must submit an online application and receive approval prior to commencing work.

Am I Eligible?

In order to qualify for Fall/Winter Career Boost, all of the following criteria must be met:

  • You are a Canadian Citizen, a Permanent Resident of Ontario, or Protected Person
  • You are an Undergraduate student
  • You have applied for OSAP or for out-of-province student funding for the current academic year and have an assessment. If you did not apply for OSAP or out-of-province  funding for the current academic year, you may be required to provide a written explanation as to why you did not apply for student funding
  • You are enrolled in a minimum of 3 billing units in each term for both the Fall and Winter term (or 2 billing units per term for students with a permanent disability)
  • You have a clear academic standing and a cumulative GPA (CGPA) 2.0 or higher
  • You demonstrate a financial need of at least $100*


*The unmet financial need is calculated based on the financial information you report on the budget section of the approval application. This section allows a student to report their living costs and resources while in school. Important: The $100 unmet need threshold does not mean the assessment of your OSAP or out-of-province funding amount. 

For Spring/Summer

In order to qualify for Spring/Summer Career Boost you must apply separately for Spring/Summer Career Boost, and all of the following criteria must be met:

  • You were enrolled in a minimum of 3 units per term (or 2 units per term if you are a student with a permanent disability) this past academic year
  • You will be returning to Ryerson as a Full-time Undergraduate student in the upcoming academic year and have demonstrated this by submitting course intentions
  • If you are graduating in June or October, you will not be eligible for Spring/Summer Career Boost

Career Boost & Work Study Research Assistant Programs

The Career Boost and Work Study Research Assistant Programs provide on campus work opportunities for current undergraduate students. The information below will help guide you through the process.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they apply for Career Boost & Work Study Research Assistant Program approval by the deadline date outlined above. If a student applies for a position and is offered the position but has not received approval, this does not guarantee that the student is eligible for Career Boost & Work Study Research Assistant approval
  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they maintain the eligibility requirements outlined above for the Career Boost & Work Study Research Assistant, for the entire duration of their position.
  • Approval by Student Financial Assistance does not guarantee that all students will receive a Career Boost & Work Study Research Assistant position. It is the student’s responsibility to apply and interview for positions
  • Students who receive a Career Boost or Work Study Research Assistant position must contact Student Financial Assistance if there is a change in course load, CGPA and/or academic standing which may impact their eligibility. Students will be paid for any and all work hours already completed but may be required to resign from their position if they are no longer eligible
  • Enter hours worked into eHR on a biweekly basis and ensure the employer approves worked hours by the payroll deadline. Monitor your hours to ensure that you do not exceed the maximum number of hours allowable per week
  • Students may only hold one Career Boost or Work Study Research Assistant position at any one time. Students can apply for as many jobs as they wish, however once they’ve accepted a position and been hired, the student is expected to honour their commitment to one employer. If a student considers any subsequent offers, they may not be eligible for Career Boost & Work Study Research Assistant positions. On a case-by-case basis, students planning to move from one position to another will be required to provide an explanation for the change in positions and confirm agreement from both employers and Student Financial Assistance
  • If you are on a work term or an exchange, you will not be eligible for Career Boost for that term (e.g. if you are in courses for the Fall term and on a work term for the Winter term, you will only be eligible for Career Boost for the Fall term)
  • Students in the Collaborative Nursing Program in years 1 and 2 studying at George Brown or Centennial are not eligible for Career Boost during their studies at the college campus

Student Responsibilities

Students can use this information as a checklist.

Eligibility
  • You have applied for OSAP or out-of-province student funding for the current academic year and have an assessment. If you did not apply for OSAP or out-of-province funding for the current academic year, you may be required to provide a written explanation as to why you did not apply for student funding
  • Apply for Career Boost or Work Study Research Assistant approval and receive an approval before scheduling any interviews
  • Maintain a full-time course load (i.e at least 3 billing units in the Fall and at least 3 billing units in the Winter or 2 billing units per term for students with a permanent disability), clear academic standing and cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher in order to remain eligible for Career Boost or Work Study Research Assistant positions
  • Contact Student Financial Assistance (via jobs@ryerson.ca) if there is a change in course load, CGPA and/or academic standing
Finding a Job
  • Apply for Career Boost or Work Study Research Assistant jobs only after receiving an approval through email from Student Financial Assistance
  • Give a copy of your approval to the employer at the start of the job interview
  • Confirm the work hours and rate of pay during the job interview
If You Get a Job
  • Ask the employer for a copy of the job responsibilities
  • Ask the employer to outline their expectations, protocol for keeping in touch with supervisor, break times (if applicable) and reporting hours worked
  • Ask the employer how work assignments and supervision of work will be managed
  • Submit a request in advance to the employer to change hours worked. Provide an explanation and ask about any consequences if hours or days of work are changed
  • Enter hours worked to eHR on a biweekly basis
  • Check that employer approves worked hours by the payroll deadlines in eHR
  • Monitor hours and do not exceed maximum hours per week
Employer-Employee Relations
  • Ask the supervisor regularly for feedback about work performance
  • The employer, in consultation with human resources, may terminate employment if the student is not meeting job expectations or is frequently absent
  • Submit the Experiential Learning Reflection Interview at the end of your work term

Disclaimer: The Student Financial Assistance Office reserves the right to change the listed information and/or program values without notice. The availability and monetary value of the program are subject to change.