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Career Fair attracts companies, students and graduates to MI

One of the booths at this year’s Career Fair.

By Darcy MacRae

The Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University welcomes industry, students and graduates to its ninth annual Career Fair Feb. 9-10 at its Ridge Road campus in St. John’s.

The MI Career Fair will give students and alumni the opportunity to learn more about current and future career opportunities while also providing the chance to network with representatives from a variety of companies.

“Students and graduates from the School of Fisheries, School of Maritime Studies and School of Ocean Technology will have a chance to showcase themselves to potential employers that are looking for well educated and well trained recruits,” said Glenn Blackwood, executive director, Marine Institute. “I want to thank the companies attending for sending representatives from across North America to the Marine Institute Career Fair. I look forward to witnessing the interaction between our students and graduates with industry leaders from local, provincial, national and international businesses.”

Highly regarded companies from the oceans, marine, seafood, fishing, marine transportation, aquaculture and ocean technology sectors will gather at MI to meet Marine Institute students and alumni. Mr. Blackwood said businesses in attendance will be impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the current Marine Institute students and MI graduates.

“The knowledge and skills possessed by our students and graduates will be on display for the top companies in these fields,” he said. “These organizations are looking for bright, hard working and well trained personnel. By coming to the MI Career Fair, they will be presented with an abundance of men and women capable of helping them grow and advance their businesses.”

The MI Career Fair is expected to attract close to 40 exhibitors and more than 400 attendees, including Marine Institute students and graduates and the general public.

The 2011 Career Fair starts on Feb. 9 with Company and Alumni Presentations in Hampton Hall and the Industry Seminar Room from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Industry representatives and alumni will be given the opportunity to display their successes, with presentations scheduled throughout the day highlighting employment opportunities and profiling industry partnerships. The Company and Alumni Presentations continue on Feb. 10.

Also on Feb. 10, the Career Fair Exhibition takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the MI gymnasium. Students will have the opportunity to meet exhibitors and discuss their company and career opportunities available for both work term and full-time employment.

To learn more about the MI Career Fair, visit