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Fair links students with potential employers
Posted Wednesday, September 14, 2005 12:55 PM

Dozens of employers representing a range of industries will come to campus Sept. 20 for the annual Careers Day presented by the student organization AIESEC Manitoba.


Some 50 companies, including major firms such as Rice Financial, MTS, Great-West Life, Boeing, Investors Group, Canadian Pacific Railway and others will meet with interested University of Manitoba students during the one-day job fair.


Careers Day coordinator Fanny Siauw said the job fair is primarily targeted toward graduate and soon-to-graduate students, but said employers will be interested in meeting with students from all years of study to fill part-time and summer positions, and internship opportunities. It’s also a good opportunity for students in their first or second year to find out more about potential career paths, Siauw said.


Open to students in all faculties, the job fair attracts more than 1,000 students each year. Siauw said 70 per cent of attendees return the following year.


More than an opportunity to simply pick up corporate literature on potential careers, Siauw said Careers Day presents students an opportunity to leave a strong first impression with a potential employer.


“Students should come prepared,” she said. “This is an opportunity to talk with potential employers and leave a good impression with a company you may be interested in.”


AIESEC even has a web site with tips for students planning to attend. The site includes advice on making an impact with employers, what to bring to Careers Day, and even a summary of what not to do. There’s also advice on how to follow up after making first contact with a potential employer during the job fair. At the least, AIESEC recommends interested students come to the job fair well-dressed with resumes in hand and a prepared 30-second introductory “infomercial” that highlights their experience and ambitions.


Now in its 26th year, the 2005 AIESEC Careers Day will take place Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 10:00 to 4:00 in the multi-purpose room on the second floor of University Centre. An international student organization, AIESEC focuses on developing leadership potential among students, in particular by building links between students and the business sector.

For more information, contact:
Michael Marshall
Communications Officer
Marketing Communications Office
Phone: (204) 474-7962
Fax: (204) 474-7631
Related Links (External):
  •AIESEC Careers Day