Conestoga news

September 22, 2005 9:18 AM

College-University Career Fair Provides Forum for Employment Success

Nearly 200 employers and more than 3,000 students and recent graduates of the area's four post-secondary institutions will meet and talk about careers and employment opportunities at the 12th annual Career Fair on Wednesday, September 28 at RIM Park in Waterloo.

The event is the largest co-operatively presented post-secondary career fair in Canada.

Sponsored by Conestoga College, the University of Guelph, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, the 12th annual Career Fair lets visitors see displays and meet representatives of participating organizations, obtain career information, discuss employment requirements and opportunities, and promote their own skills.

For employers, it is an effective and cost-efficient way of contacting students and graduates of four excellent, nationally respected schools.

The event is from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and is free to anyone from the four institutions with a valid, current student or alumni ID card. There is even shuttle-bus service from each of the institutions to the RIM Park site.

Many economic sectors will be represented, including financial services, advanced manufacturing, information technology, retail services, engineering, aerospace, telecommunications, health care, pharmaceuticals, food and hospitality services, law enforcement, community and social services, and government agencies and departments.

Participating employers include area businesses, industries and community organizations, major Ontario-based employers with national and global presence, and multinational firms with operations in Canada.

A sample of the employers includes: Abercrombie and Fitch; ATS Automation Tooling Systems; BMO Financial Group; the Canadian Institute for Health Information; the Canadian Security Intelligence Service; Clarica; Expedia; Family and Children's Services of Waterloo Region; GoodLife Fitness Centres; IBM Canada; Linamar; Microsoft; Nova Chemicals; Research In Motion; Sun Life Financial; Toyota Canada; Xerox Canada and Zenon Environmental.

Visiting students and graduates receive a reference guide to participating companies, and have the opportunity to obtain company-specific materials, network with employer representatives and distribute their resumes.

Information about the event and participating employers can be found at

Mary Wright, 519-748-5220, ext. 3219,