Winter Career Fair on campus this month

A head start on the job search

Students who attend the upcoming Winter Career Fair, organized by the Career Development and Co-operative Education (CDCE) Office, can expect a flurry of job prospects and employment information, says Robin McLaughlin. As CDCE’s Events Co-ordinator, McLaughlin is organizing the annual event that will welcome more than 40 businesses and organizations to the University Centre Galleria on January 31.

“There has been an increase in the number of companies that are eager to come on campus to recruit Carleton students,” she says. “Some employers will be accepting resumés onsite, which will give students a head start on their summer, full-time or part-time job search.”

The fair, which is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines, provides an opportunity for students to build their network of contacts, market their skills and abilities to potential employers, and gather information on various companies, explains McLaughlin.

“Approximately 80 per cent of employment opportunities exist in the ‘hidden job market’ and are never publicly posted. The Winter Career Fair is a valuable opportunity for our students to access that hidden job market, meet potential future employers, and find out about careers related to their own field of study.”

Dawn Legault, Director of the CDCE Office, says the fair is just one of a number of important services her staff offers to the student community.

“Our comprehensive collection of career and employment support services, which includes job fairs, career counselling, employment workshops and co-op opportunities, can help students make a successful transition from university to the world of work.”

Staff and faculty are encouraged to find out more about the Winter Career Fair, and how CDCE helps students explore their career options. More information is available at carleton.ca/cdce.

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