Road to jobs down 401
By Medija Muslimi
For students who do not know where the career path will lead them after graduation, the fourth annual "Partnerships for Employment" career fair is taking place at the Bingeman's Conference Centre in Kitchener today.
The fair will have 178 company participants seeking to recruit students, graduates and alumni to fill contract and permanent positions.
The fair is sponsored by the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University and Conestoga College.
The event attempts to provide university students with the necessary information and opportunity to make better career choices, said Bev Gilbert of the University of Guelph's Counselling and Student Resource Centre.
"By working together, [the universities] can attract more employers and offer more opportunities to our students, especially in light of the recent financial and staff cutbacks," she added.
Computer software companies, retailers, insurance and financial companies, consumer product organizations, law enforcement and other service organizations are among the employers with booths at this year's fair.
"It's the largest post secondary career fair in Canada and has grown and improved every year," said John Cullen, marketing director for the University of Waterloo's Cooperative Education and Career Services.
Some of the participating employers are Motorola, Oracle, Quaker Oats Company, Mutual Group, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Trust and for the first time, NBC News, Cullen said.
The fair this year includes information forums 20 minute seminars presented by 16 participating organizations.
In addition to having an information booth at the event, companies will hold information seminars to answer additional questions the participants might have, said Jan Basso of Wilfried Laurier University's Career Services.
Students will be bused to the fair from each participating campus throughout the day, Gilbert said, adding last year over 2,500 students participated.
For those interested in participating in the fair, there is a $5 charge for students who do not attend the sponsoring schools and it runs from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m..