Job Fair packs ’em in as students peruse at UCC
By Anton Vidgen
GOT FIRST DIBS ON LAUNDERED MONEY, DRUGS AND AUTOMATIC
WEAPONS. James McLean, a second-year mechanical engineering
student, listens to a police man pitch the service at
the Job Fair yesterday.
Students passing through the University Community Centre yesterday
were greeted by dozens of booths stacked with flashy pamphlets
and smiling recruiters, though many were there for different
The annual Western Job Fair featured small and large companies
and institutions vying for university graduates, said Sharon
Lee, a recruitment co-ordinator with Career Services at Western.
“I’m impressed with the students presenting themselves
to the employers,” Lee said, adding the event was important
because it “brings students and employers together.”
Even though this year featured the largest ever student population
at Western, Lee said she expects the impact on the job market
to be minimal. “It doesn’t really affect [it],” she
About 40 per cent of students are looking for summer employment
and many in attendance brought their resumés along to
promote themselves, Lee explained.
“We’re looking to develop new leaders,” said
Henk Kupyers, a representative of Primerica Financial Services.
He added that his company is a great business opportunity for
students who want to be their own boss and “who want
a little bit more.”
Even though the event was for one day only, some companies
who rented booths chose not to do any actual recruiting and
instead took the opportunity to advertise their services to
a captive student market.
Franz Branschat of the Certified General Accountant Association
of Canada said his company attends career fairs at universities
across the country strictly to advertise its main message. “We’re
hoping to promote the CGA designation,” he said.
One marketing company ironically only chose to recruit employees
and not directly advertise its clients’ products — or
so the company claimed. The Segal Communications booth featured
a Sony Playstation 2 with various games for visitors to play. “We
just bring it for the students,” said Aaron Dowden, a
representative for the company.
Dowden said his company only goes to the career fairs of Western
and McMaster University because of their relatively large student
populations and enjoyable environments.
Even other universities and colleges had their places staked
out. Representatives from McMaster’s theological studies
and Fanshawe College used the Job Fair to promote their academic
programs. The response? “Not overwhelming,” said
Jenn Bowler, a representative from McMaster.
—with files from Sue Ruhe