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Summer Career Fair

e-dition - January 26, 2007

Summer Job Fair Bridges the Gap between Students and Employers

By Vivian Belik

More than 50 employers and hundreds of students descended upon The University of Winnipeg Duckworth Centre January to make connections with one another at the second annual day-long Summer Job Fair, staged by the University's Counselling & Career Services.

With resumes in hand, students perused rows of information booths from organizations such as Manitoba Justice, the Canadian Naval Reserve,  Health Sciences Centre, Cambrian Credit Union and the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre.

“The choices that are being offered in this year's fair are really, really diverse.  There's a lot here for everybody,” said Romeo Suban, a third year Education student at UWinnipeg.

With the large variety of employers at this year's fair, students could explore traditional summer jobs in Arts and Sciences as well as more alternative jobs such as tree-planting and canoe trip guiding. Third-year Politics student Janelle Delaquis was drawn to the Career Fair because she “wanted to expand her knowledge of available jobs in the civil service." Delaquis left  the fair having discovered a host of jobs that she says she may have not otherwise come across.

It wasn't only the students, however, who were excited by the Job Fair, it was the employers as well. “I am very impressed with this year's job fair,” said Sargent Mark Colcy of the Calgary Police Force. “The Police Force came to Winnipeg because its a productive area to hire students from and this job fair in particular is extremely well organized and well attended."

Lisa-Marie Stefaniw, Corporate Recruiter and organizer of the Summer Job Fair, said that “overall, the fair was very successful at its goal of connecting students with employers."  Stefaniw pointed to the fact that a number of students were given impromptu interviews on the spot and that students were still streaming into the Duckworth Center at closing time looking for jobs.

Citing this as her most successful fair yet, Stefaniw says, "I am looking forward to next year's fair and seeing even more students connect with employers and land employment that will jumpstart their careers."

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