Students, alumni and members of the public looking for opportunities for employment will have the chance to network with area employers at Career Expo 2019 at the Orillia Campus of Georgian College on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The event takes place in the gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Attendees will be able to apply to open full-time, part-time and summer jobs, learn about hiring processes, preferred skills and certifications, explore advancement opportunities and outlooks for various industries, and more.
This year, the fair will host 40 employers and hundreds of job seekers. There will also be a pair of Beats headphones, a Fitbit and a Google Home up for grabs.
The Youth Justice Division from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) has attended the Career Expo for the past six years. “This event is a great way to connect with our postsecondary partners and help students make informed decisions regarding careers in serving the public, in addition to contributing to better outcomes for youth in conflict with the law,” says Marc Savage, Recruitment Lead for the Youth Services Officer Recruitment Unit of MCCSS.
Marc says they have hired Georgian graduates from Community and Justice Services, Police Foundations, Social Service Worker and a variety of other programs and recommended that students attend the Expo. “This event is especially important for first-year students to gain insight into employers’ expectations and their hiring/experiential requirements to help inform potential placement experiences,” says Marc. He added that it’s also important for businesses to take part.
“It may seem obvious, but beyond meeting potential graduates prepared to enter their respective fields of study, the Career Expo enables employers to connect with individual programs and instructors,” explains Marc. “Faculty who attend and engage with employers can bring information and advice directly into the classroom to accompany program curriculum.”
Marc adds it’s been a pleasure for Youth Justice to work with Georgian’s faculty and program co-ordinators. “We look forward to continuing our relationship and welcoming graduates into our recruitment program,” he says.
Thi My Le Huynh, 29, a graduate of Georgian’s Early Childhood Education program, met her first employer at last year’s Career Expo.
“I volunteered at the Career Expo in addition to utilizing it to search for a potential employer,” says Thi. “Georgian helped me prepare a great resumé in advance so I was ready to meet with employers. I researched who I wanted to meet, visited their booths and introduced myself. I was able to talk about my experience, give them my resumé and I followed up with several after the Expo. A week later, I received an email from an employer for an interview.
Thi is now working as a registered Early Childhood Educator in the infant program at Little Start Childcare in Barrie.
“I would absolutely recommend that students attend the Expo,” says Thi. “It’s a great opportunity to help you connect with potential employers, establish professional relationships, and discuss potential job prospects.”
The Orillia Campus Career Expo is hosted by Georgian’s Co-operative Education and Career Success [CECS] department. CECS offers a variety of resources to assist students in achieving individual student career and employment goals.
Interested employers can contact Tammy McDowell at 705.325.2740, ext.3090.