Is Job Fair worthwhile?
While it’s nice Western is trying to
give something back after turning us upside down and shaking
every penny from our pockets, a useless Job Fair just seems
like a kick in the teeth.
Crowding our already overcrowded University Community Centre
atrium yesterday were a host of tables, corporations, organizations
and people. Events such as these should take place in less
disruptive locations, such as The Great Hall or Alumni Hall.
Traffic in the UCC is absolutely painful on days such as yesterday.
To make matters worse, it was a completely useless waste of
time. It was a job fair without jobs, and representatives that
do not cater to the degrees with which the majority of Western
students will be graduating.
The companies present at yesterday’s job fair — ranging
from large corporations like Pepsi and Pizza Pizza to a host
of health and financial organizations — catered to a
very specific group of students with specific degrees, such
as science, business or engineering.
As a result, it is incredibly misleading to call the event
an “all campus” fair. Under such a title, you would
think there would be a wide array of employment opportunities
for students will all types of degrees, but it is painfully
obvious this was not the case. Students with arts and humanities
degrees were not as well received with glowing hopes for their
Also, many of the representatives from various organizations
admitted they were not planning on recruiting students, but
simply using this opportunity to get out information for their
companies. So, it’s not really a job fair — it’s
more like an advertisement fair. Nice. Real nice.
And to be perfectly honest, even if they were looking for
potential employees, what’s the likelihood you would
get a job, or even a second glance? Slim to none.
The presence of other universities and colleges at this fair
leads students to question the validity of their degrees. Are
these people trying to say our Western degree is meaningless
and we need to attend Fanshawe College to obtain some sort
of valid, worthwhile employment? Maybe, but we don’t
need it rubbed in our faces.
On a side note, with Pizza Pizza present, it humourously reinforces
the belief that most university students will spend the years
after they graduate pumping gas or delivering pizza. Ah, the
Perhaps the one positive thing that may come out of this fair
is the fact that many students will realize their degree isn’t
as valuable as they may have originally thought and should
consider looking into something else.
Job fair? More like unemployment fair.