Hey university grad! Want a job at Cisco Canada?

We’re looking for recent and soon-to-be Canadian university graduates to join our sales and system engineering teams.

The Cisco Sales Associates Program (CSAP) is a year-long, on-the-job training program aimed at giving top university graduates a fast track into positions that would usually take several years of experience to land. This year, we will recruit five Associate Sales Representatives (ASR) and five Associate Systems Engineers (ASE) into the program to work with veteran Account Managers and Systems Engineers in our Toronto headquarters.

Join @CiscoCanada on Wednesday, December 7 at 2:00 pm EST for a live TweetChat with @AlainChung and @SeeMcDoug . You’ll be able to ask questions to current and former CSAP students on Twitter by following #csap. UPDATE: Read the full TweetChat transcript on Storify

We believe this career development initiative is extremely unique within the IT industry. In addition to working with experienced Cisco Canada executives, successful applicants gain access to next generation technologies, collaborate with partners and customers around the globe and earn in-demand Cisco certifications. And unlike a typical internship program, successful applicants can expect to earn a very attractive salary along the way.

ASRs are mentored by our team of Account Managers, learning how to listen and work directly with customers to solve their complex business problems. For these positions, a technical background is not required. In fact, many of the most successful CSAP graduates now working full-time at Cisco Canada hold Bachelor of Arts degrees in programs such as Communications and English.

On the engineering side, ASEs will work on technical designs, solving customer challenges with Cisco and other legacy IT infrastructure already in place.

Throughout the on-the-job training program, ASRs and ASEs will shore up their soft skills with classes on presentation skills, selling techniques and time management.

For more information on CSAP and the program criteria, please visit us on SlideShare.

According to a recent report from The Economist, a third of young graduates in Canada end up working low skilled jobs, a number which is second only to Spain among OCED countries. We think this has to change and with CSAP, we’ll play a role to reverse this trend.

So if you are a driven, passionate and highly motivated university graduate looking to find your place in the workforce, we want you to consider joining our family. A first job often is the most important in defining your career. We think Cisco Canada is a unique place to work and the CSAP program can help you move from academia to the business world.

But enough from me. Why not listen to what a current CSAP student has to say about the program? Alain Chung, an Associate Systems Engineer in CSAP, talks about how the program changed his life and why ambitious university grads who want to make an immediate impact on the world should apply.

The application deadline for CSAP is Friday, December 16, 2011, so please apply now!

About Jeff Seifert

As Chief Technology Officer for Cisco Canada, Jeff Seifert provides technical guidance and direction in key advanced and emerging technologies and go-to-market strategies. His work with many governments, enterprise and service provider customers in Canada and globally is influencing how Cisco brings products to market. During the past sixteen years at Cisco, Jeff has been involved in the successful introduction of many new technologies from the early days of the Internet, through the first deployments of VoIP and IP Telephony through to new transformational video solutions. Through this time he has worked to ensure that Canadian customer requirements are reflected in the products and architectures that Cisco brings to market. He shares a passion with organizations that wish to improve the lives of citizens whether it be serving rural Canadians, using technology to improve healthcare or enhancing education. Seifert was appointed a Distinguished Systems Engineer, Cisco's highest technical distinction, in August 2003. As an individual who represents the pinnacle of Cisco's technical and sales expertise, he is responsible for transforming customer demand into innovative solutions that companies can utilize in an effective and efficient manner. Prior to joining Cisco in 1995, he held financial, management, and technical positions at Bell Canada, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and IBM Canada. Seifert has achieved double CCIE certification, including Routing & Switching CCIE in 1996 and Voice CCIE in 2003. He holds a Bachelor in Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.
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