Teacher candidatesThe Education Career Fair, Jan. 31, connected teacher candidates with potential employers.

Education recruitment events connect teacher candidates to employers

The Office of Career Development and Experiential Learning, in partnership with the Faculty of Education, is helping teacher candidates get a jump start on their careers through a series of recruitment initiatives aimed at connecting education employers to UWindsor talent.

Throughout the Winter semester, students have been invited to attend on-going teacher recruitment days hosted both in-person and virtually on select Thursdays through March 16, as well as the return of the annual on-campus Education Career Fair.

On Jan. 31, the Education Career Fair gave 180 students in attendance the opportunity to connect with potential employers in-person to learn more about opportunities available after graduation. The event hosted 20 Canadian schools and boards and nine international agencies, all interested in dipping into UWindsor’s talent pool.

Career advisor Avy Maharaj says the event gave students the opportunity to connect with employers from different provinces and abroad.

“Various school boards from across Canada attended the career fair, from our amazing local boards to Kativik Ilisarnilirinig in Nunavut, which promoted teaching opportunities in Indigenous communities. We also saw a lot of students interested in teaching overseas with the hopes of gaining international teaching experience,” she says. “Students were also given the chance to interview with employers of interest directly after the fair, giving them the opportunity to see their value in the job market so that they can enter the workforce with confidence.”

Exhibitors were impressed by how prepared teacher candidates were and the level of professionalism they presented in their interviews.

CDEL and the Faculty of Education continue to offer recruitment opportunities with Thursday Teacher Recruitment Days. Students are invited to meet with representatives from schools, boards, and agencies hosting booths directly in the lobby of the Leonard and Dorothy Neal Education Building, as well as information sessions virtually. To learn more about upcoming Teacher Recruitment Days, visit the CDEL website.

—Angela Kharboutli

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