Over 1,100 participants and 35 exhibitors attended this year's BC Jobs/Selkirk College Career and Education Fair at the Castlegar Campus. Selkirk's newly announced strategic directions led to the Career Fair event, designed to increase student enrolments, create innovative employment services, and impact community development.
About 250 high school (grades 10-12) students participated from Nelson's L.V. Rogers, Castlegar's Stanley Humphries, Salmo, Rossland and Grand Forks secondary schools. The Career Fair was well-timed as students will soon start selecting 2013/2014 courses.
Co-op & Employment Services Introduces New Online Career Portal
Selkirk's Co-op & Employment Services department connected current students with internships, work placements and job opportunities both in person, and by introducing their newly launched online Career Portal. This service builds on one of Selkirk's new strategic directions of developing innovative programs and services. The portal provides services to students, recent graduates, employers and faculty, all year-round.
"Current and future students want Selkirk to provide them with the best possible options for transition to work and careers,” said Director of Student and Enrolment Service, Cathy Mercer. "The Career Fair was a key part of this strategic direction. Our new Career Portal will ensure that connections made during the Career Fair and future opportunities are accessible."
Expanding partnerships to benefit students
Local employers exhibiting and presenting at the Career Fair included BC Ambulance, BC Public Parks, Kalesnikoff Lumber, Canadian Forces, and Terus Construction.
The Career Fair was delivered in partnership with BC Jobs Plan, which is a living plan for creating long-term jobs and investment in BC and strengthening our economy. Fair organizer, Selkirk College Educational Recruitment Specialist, Amy Kinakin said, "This year, Selkirk's career and education partner BC Jobs brought their mobile job search unit, which added great value for attendees."
Several Selkirk programs - Hospitality & Tourism, Business & Finance, Aviation, Selkirk International, Environment & Geomatics, University Arts & Science and Health – helped advise future students looking for education options or workplace training. Hospitality & Tourism presenter, Robin Phelan said, "The career fair provides a great tool for local youth making educated decisions about their future. It was an amazing opportunity to engage with high school students and share my Selkirk experiences.”
The Career and Education Fair and Online Career Portal are key initiatives within Selkirk's Strategic Plan: Beyond Imagination As one of BC Colleges initiatives Selkirk College is helping students’ gain the essential and advanced skills needed to fill the skills gap and evolve with an ever-changing workplace.
If you would like to be a part of this event for next year, please contact Selkirk College Recruitment Coordinator, Amy Kinakin at 250.505.1396.