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Career Expo returns with new exhibitors & employer info session

October 19, 2017
 

 

Medicine Hat College’s (MHC) Career Expo will take place on October 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus.

This annual event is open to the public and highlights career pathways, helps connect job-seekers with employers who are hiring for career positions, and creates an opportunity for attendees to explore how their current skills can transfer to a new field.

“People can be nervous about making a career change because they are unsure of what occupation their skills are best suited for. This event will help them explore their options and allow them to meet employers and HR personnel in a casual environment to see what’s possible,” says Shelly Drefs, career advisor. “The event is a great venue for learning more about vacancies and opportunities for those facing a career decision”.

MHC is pleased to welcome new exhibitors this year, including Fastenal Canada, Imperial, Alberta Innovates, and Integrated Health & Emergency Services. With more than 40 organizations on campus, there are numerous employers and employment service providers available for job-seekers to meet.

A new addition to the expo this year is an information session for employers regarding changes to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant. The session will highlight training incentive opportunities available to eligible employers.

According to Drefs the Career Expo also provides an opportunity for individuals to gain insight into jobs that may not be advertised. “There is a ‘hidden job market’ out there of jobs that don’t hit the regular posting boards. We also encourage attendees to avoid making assumptions about what employers are looking for right now.”

One example that Drefs gives is that often job-seekers feel health providers are solely looking for trained medical professionals, while their facilities also require tradespersons, power engineers, accountants, clerks, IT and security personnel. For those seeking a career change but concerned by the length of training required, Drefs suggests they attend and ask questions.

“Often people will assume that many of the careers that interest them require lengthy training or full-time enrollment in school, and that’s not always the case. Many online options are available in condensed formats. For example the home inspection and occupational health and safety certificates are both offered through Continuing Studies,” says Drefs. “We really just encourage everyone to attend the Career Expo because you never know what information you might find out.”

Registered exhibitors come from a variety of industries ranging from finance, trades, and natural resources to health care, security, and recreation. Individuals are encouraged to check the list of registered exhibitors online at www.mhc.ab.ca/Services/CareerExpo.