Employers were in search of new hires at Mohawk College during the Class to Careers event on Nov. 8.
More than 30 booths were set up around the C-wing where employers could talk to students face-to-face about possible job opportunities.
“Many of them [employers] are offering positions right now or they are networking with potential future grads,” outreach and events assistant Cara-Lea Suttie said.
The college handed out freshly popped popcorn to students and offered to take professional headshots for students’ LinkedIn profiles.
“We don’t want to just educate them, we want to help to make sure there are pathways out there for them,” Suttie said.
Chrissy Dibussolo, recruitment lead from Hamilton Wentworth Catholic Childcare Centre, said they are looking for early childhood education students, recreation and leisure students and child and youth worker students.
“When we are hiring students, we are looking for someone who has that educational background,” Dibussolo said. “We also require that they have a valid police check and be someone who is really passionate about working with children.”
Many other employers went to the job fair looking for recruits, including the Ontario Provincial Police, Ayr Farmers Mutual Insurance Company and Clean Harbors Waste Management Company.
Employers talked directly to students and some handed out prizes like bracelets, pens and candy.
“Even for students who are in their first couple semesters it’s a great opportunity to network and meet employers,” Suttie said. “A lot of times when you go through a program you have an idea of where you want to go but you don’t know all of the possibilities.”
If you happened to miss this semester’s career fair, check out CareerReady through the Mohawk College website for more resources and job listings.