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Working in Windsor-Essex Career Fair to offer students a glimpse into employment future

Students interested in exploring Windsor and Essex County career paths best suited to their degree are invited to meet potential employers at the first annual Working in Windsor-Essex Career Fair, Tuesday, March 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., in Ambassador Auditorium.

Donna Menna, acting career development coordinator in the University’s Centre for Career Education, says the initiative is a partnership with Workforce Windsor-Essex and will give students the opportunity to visit employer booths for information on local companies and employers, take part in career information presentations from a variety of workplace sectors in the region, and have their resumes critiqued by workplace professionals.

“It’s a great chance for students to see where their degree fits into the nine promising employment sectors identified by Workforce Windsor-Essex,” Menna says. “Students may not realize the number of employment areas where they are qualified, so a career fair like this gives them an opportunity to talk to people who work in local industry and see where they may fit into the job market.”

She says promising occupations have been identified in agriculture, creative industries, construction, education, health sciences, manufacturing, professional services, tourism and hospitality and renewable energy. Thinking creatively and networking with local businesses is an ideal way for students to bring their skills and education to the employment marketplace, says Menna.

Though the Working Windsor-Essex Career Fair is not intended to offer specific jobs, students are encouraged to dress for success and bring plenty of resumes.

“Employers are not here to recruit but rather to meet with students to discuss what they are looking for in employees in terms of education and experience,” Menna says. “Students can treat this as a learning opportunity and a chance to hear about career paths they may never have considered.”

A Career Fair Preparation Workshop will be held on Friday, March 23, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in room 351, Dillon Hall. For more information, visit  http://www.uwindsor.ca/cce/windsor-essex-career-fair.

For workshop and career fair registration, log on to the student portal and select myCareer.