Working the floor
Students look towards their future at the annual TWU Career Fair.
Candies, lanyards, water bottles, pens, notepads , mugs, and even free watches were a few of the goodies handed out to eager job hunters this year, as part of the 10th annual Trinity Western University Career Fair, hosted by the Student Success Center in the gym on January 31, 2013. Coordinator Mike Teeter is enthusiastic about the success and continued growth of the annual event. New this year, summer jobs were promoted as well as full-time jobs. Each year about 40-50 corporate and non-profit employers set up booths to recruit current and graduating students. “Student attendance each year is around 200,” Teeter says, “Our goal is to double that so as to attract more employers in ensuing years. This year we had numerous prize draws to tempt students to pre-register. We also rely on posters, peer-to-peer word of mouth, and TWUSA and faculty promotion.”
The Media & Communications department is especially eager each year in this regard. Dr. Kevin Schut, Communications professor and Chair, addresses his sleepy morning class, “For those of you who weren’t even thinking of going to the Career Fair today,” he says, “I urge you to go home, get dressed in something professional, print some resumes, and go. I cannot stress how important this opportunity is. Even if you don’t get a job from this, it’s a great chance to get practice at interviewing and to find out what kinds of jobs are available in the market. I really push students hard to attend each year.”
Among the organizations in attendance was The Salvation Army, a local non-profit that offers paid and volunteer positions. Human Resources representatives Kristen and Fiona enjoy the non-profit work setting: “It’s more rewarding to contribute toward people who have had hard times and to be able to help people in a social services setting,” says Kristen, “The focus is on strong community, various programs, rehabilitation of people to bring them back into the workfowrce via integration and transition programs, and to give back instead of focusing on profit.”
TWU Psychology Honours Student, Kevin Adhika helps man the Big Brothers and Sisters of Langley booth. He is currently doing a practicum with the organization. Mentoring a boy or girl is also an option, which requires passing a background check and making a one-year volunteer commitment—Adhika recommends it as highly rewarding and worthwhile.
Unique employment options for those who wish to teach English abroad include Adventure Teaching and Teach Away. Some jobs are open the
to those with any type of BA and some are specific to those with Education and Linguistics backgrounds or TESOL Certificates. The organizations coordinate placement in various exotic locations in Asia. Perks typically include paid travel and living accommodations along with generous salaries.
Additionally there are a handful of summer camps looking to hire summer counsellors, including Camp Fir wood in Bellingham, Washington, run by TWU business alumni Andy Vander Meulen. As well, Property Stars promises flexible summer scheduling and potential earnings from $100-$500 dollars per day for landscaping work. They also stress bonuses, scholarships, motivational training, charity fundraising, and community involvement opportunities.
Sunlife Financial Services and Smart Savvy + Associates offer more traditional corporate and business positions.
Teeter emphasizes the ultimate goal of the Career Fair: serving job-seeking students as best as possible.
To provide feedback on the event or receive more information, email experience@ twu.ca. Also check out twu.ca/life/success/ for free help with career prep.