By Bobinec, Greg on February 6, 2020.
The University of Lethbridge gave students the opportunity to explore their options in workplace paid positions for the summer, during their second annual Spring Job Fair on Wednesday.
Each year, the university hosts a job fair for students in the fall to give them opportunities to explore different positions they could have in their field of choice, through the co-operative education program, or for full-time work after graduation.
“Today is our second annual UWork and UVolunteer Job Fair,” says Mark Slomp, executive director of Student Services, Student Affair U of L. “We typically offer a fall career fair for approximately 30 years, but we recognized that we need to have a spring career fair that looked a little more specifically at summer jobs for students and so last year was our first spring job fair to connect employers with students to create opportunity.”
With dozens of employers looking for workers, U of L students have the chance to create opportunities to expand their educational learning with hands-on experience.
“Today we have over 70 organizations represented and so it is an event that is growing rapidly and it seems to be a good fit for employers and for students,” says Slomp. “Students are always excited to explore opportunities and possibilities and it helps them figure out where they fit in the world of work and to experiment. So anytime that we create opportunities for students to access, opportunities to try new skills, try new work environments, we always see a great response.”
Throughout the day, the university also gave students more opportunities to gain experience through volunteer work, continuing their education through their graduate programs, as well as exploring the many university services that are offered.
“We also have volunteer organizations here today. We partner with UVolunteer, so just opportunities for students to explore how they can get involved with volunteer opportunities,” says Slomp. “We have a graduate fair going on in conjunction with the job fair and this is just to give the students an opportunity to look through the different graduate programs that exists if they want to continue their education and graduate programs.”
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