Career Fair offers students options and information

By Ian Foster
Bishops College
St. John's, Newfoundland

On March 23rd and 24th, students in St. John's, Newfoundland had a chance to check out opportunities for their futures at the first Career Info-fair.

The fair was targeted to youth aged 15-30, as well as parents, educators, employers and the public. It boasted a wide variety of activities for participants, including workshops, on-line opportunities, prizes, and live performances by local bands. These activities were aimed at career exploration and development, and anyone attending could easily access information resources from the internet, or discuss career paths with any of the exhibitors from the public, private, voluntary and youth-serving sectors.

With regards to on-line opportunities, there was a 40-computer Information Centre with internet access to HRDC (Human Resources Development Canada), and other career databases.

While there were differing opinions on the success of the fair from students, the general consensus was that it was enjoyable and informative.

"It's very interesting," said Erica Lilley, a student at Bishops College, "It's obvious that a lot of work has gone into this project, and I'm very impressed."

Check out an excerpt of Ian’s
interview with two fellow students.

This comment was reinforced by another student, Brad Abbot, also a student at Bishops. "It's a great deal of fun. Lots of information, contests, learning about other schools. It's great."

However, Matthew Garvan, of Bishops College, spoke about the fair in a less enthusiastic light.

"I haven't found much of interest, considering I know what I'm going to do after high school, so I'm not finding it very interesting at all."

Still, the career fair was definitely successful in its presentation for students. The coordinator of the event, Bruce Pierce, spoke about the experience.

"I think its gone beyond all our expectations. Yesterday, we had over 4,100 people. We planned for 2,000. Success is measured in numbers, yes, but also in the quality of the experience. We wanted to have as many young people as possible come to this event."

The goal was certainly reached for the sponsors of the event. With so many people attending the fair, and with such a vast ocean of possibilities, such as information technology and a number of national universities and colleges participating, the career fair was a success. This sort of success is certainly welcomed in a society where the current job market is steadily dwindling.

Check out an excerpt of Ian’s
interview with teacher - Michelle Clemens.
"I think it was an excellent opportunity for third-year students to go and have a look at the offering for post-secondary education, as well as entrepreneurship-related projects," said Michelle Clemens, a Co-operative Education teacher at Bishops College. "I'd love to see it every year. It's phenomenal, and I hope it will be hosted again next year."

For further information on how you can receive information regarding career opportunities, you can contact HRDC (Human Resources Development Canada).