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Career Fair gives students a competitive advantage in the labour market

September 24, 2013

The Medicine Hat College (MHC) is hosting its annual Career Fair on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Centennial Hall foyer and B-Wing hallway. Currently, around 60 exhibitors have registered for this year’s event, including local, provincial and national employers.

“This is a networking opportunity and a way for attendees to position themselves positively in a competitive marketplace,” said Shelly Drefs, student career services assistant at MHC. “Exhibitors not only want to tell candidates about the growth opportunities within their company, and what makes them unique, but they also want to guide attendees to making the right career choices and teach them how to set themselves apart from other applicants. They anticipate and are open to questions.”

Drefs explained that every year, as a result of the Career Fair, attendees have received offers for summer jobs, practicum placements and career-related employment.

Representatives from various industries will be present including: oil and gas, health care, business and finance, policing, science, engineering, environmental and trades to name a few.

“We try to bring companies with a range of opportunities,” said Drefs. “The RCMP is a perfect example of a company with broad appeal. They not only have positions in law enforcement but they have approximately 150 other career specializations. It’s important to come with an open mind and to engage with these companies to learn about all that they have to offer. Quite often attendees are surprised at which companies hire people with their training and skill sets.”

The Career Fair is open to both students and the public. Individuals are encouraged to be proactive in their search, whether they are currently looking for a position or will be in the future.

“Whether you’re a high school student seeing what interests you after graduation, or a mature professional looking to make a career change, this is an excellent opportunity to explore career options and talk with a wide variety of hiring managers and job recruiters under one roof,” said Drefs. “In addition to employers, there are also many of our post-secondary partners, professional associations, and community service providers on hand to help those wanting more information on going back to school, funding options, and general information on job searching and the labour market.” 

Students and job seekers are encouraged to dress in interview-appropriate clothing and to bring several copies of their current resume.

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