Lakehead University Career Fair brings together students, employers
By Leah Ching
With less than two months left of classes and summer quickly encroaching on students, many may find themselves scrambling to find jobs for the summer break. With other students anticipating their graduation and beginning to stress about finding an entry level job in their field, concerns about employment are always prevalent on campus.
Lakehead’s annual Spring Career Fair occurred on Thursday the 26 and was put on by the Student Success Centre. Coordinators and participants alike were very proud of the turnout. Greeting students at the entrance, they gave away various trinkets to attendants and attempted to recruit volunteers as student ambassadors for upcoming events.
From 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., students poured in to drop off résumés and learn more about employment with the companies they saw as potential employers. In attendance were many employers that students were eager to meet, such as City of Thunder Bay, which offers great full time summer positions drawn by lottery.
Also interesting was the prospect of parks and recreation positions that were of particular interest to both outdoor recreation students as well as education students. One student by the name of Jillian said, “this is a great opportunity for me to put a city job on my resume. When I graduate I’m hoping for placement with the public school board, so a job coordinating camp activities for kids all summer long would work out great for me.”
The most prepared were students in blazers, sporting briefcases and portfolios. The City representatives mentioned that many of the visitors didn’t come prepared with resumes, but interest levels were high. The representatives wished more students came prepared, stating that it would have been much more convenient for students to drop off resumes at school than make the trip down to Victoriaville Centre where their office is located.
With the deadline for applications being the next day, the Office of Enrolment Services said they received requests for proof of enrolment all day long by students trying to beat the deadline.
Other employers included Revera Home Health, with tons of nursing students hoping to get a position in their field of study. Representatives said they were busy all day accepting resumes and answering questions, and judging by the amount of applications they could tell there would be lots of deliberation.
Another of interest to many was, surprisingly, Tbaytel. The retailers suggested that it was possibly because they were one of the only retail companies in attendance, with many high paying jobs available that didn’t require high specialization in a field of study.
Brad, who was visiting their booth, said he wished more local retailers were involved, “I’m a general humanities student right now, and so I don’t have a lot of specialized skills. It would have been great to see other companies like Tbaytel here.” His friend Gina added, “It was a bit intimidating seeing all these big names companies here, but everyone was really great in answering questions and creating a positive atmosphere for students.”
Other suggestions included inclusion of the Student Union, a huge employer of students on campus through student centres, The Study, The Outpost and other various positions. Overall, the Student Success centre thought the event was a success, with a great morning turnout and another burst in activity at lunch and shortly after. Judging by student turn out, the career fair could hopefully be leading to a multitude of happily employed Lakehead students.