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Consider, network, explore

By Zaren Healey White
Special to The Gazette

One day. One room. More than 100 employers and universities. Only at Memorial University’s annual Career and Graduate School Fair, coming up on Sept. 29, can this unique opportunity be made available to students. Getting one-on-one contact with potential employers is a significant challenge for most students, but luckily, once a year the Career and Graduate School Fair brings them all together in one place.

Employment Development Co-ordinators Patricia Poirier and Brendan Hagerty of Career Development and Experiential Learning can attest to the importance of the career fair for all students and alumni.

“It gives everyone a chance to explore different career paths, determine the necessary qualifications and education needed to get into a certain career, and also allows students to see who is hiring and where those opportunities might lie, whether it is in Newfoundland and Labrador, elsewhere in Canada or abroad,” said Ms. Poirier.

The Career and Graduate School Fair caters to everyone and, while many companies are looking to hire graduating students, alumni, and co-operative students, it is beneficial for all students to check out a variety of employers and to possibly discover summer work or internship placements.

The fair highlights a diverse range of opportunities from various industries all over Canada and should not be seen as limited to students or future graduates of one particular faculty or school. The event also has an educational component, with 19 exhibitors from higher learning institutions offering students opportunities to pursue further education.

Mr. Hagerty said that continually exploring potential career options throughout the university years is critical.

“If students explore careers right from the beginning of their degree, the job search process will be easier,” he said. “It is never too early to start networking. An important connection during your second year could lead to a career once you’ve graduated.”

Whether you’ve just embarked on your experience at Memorial or you’re approaching graduation, it doesn’t make a difference – considering your career options is essential at every stage. The Career and Graduate School Fair is just the place to do it.

The Career and Graduate School Fair is taking place on Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 10 am- 4 p.m. in the Field House on the St. John’s campus. Check out for information on exhibitors, preparation and frequently asked questions.