Students, employers flock to Career Directions Fair

Students and alumni flocked to the SAIT Career Directions Fair hosted on campus at the Stan Grad Centre on Feb. 13.

More than 122 employers from different industries showcased their businesses which took up the main, second, and third floor of the Stan Grad Centre. Companies were eager to interact with students and 2014 graduates on upcoming job opportunities.

“We really focus on hiring new graduates, we hire for entry level positions and we also hire students for internships,” said Andrea Crawford, talent acquisition co-ordinator for Enterprise Holdings.

“What we’re looking for are people that are in their last year to get hired as an intern and then turn into full-time employment later on.”

SAIT Career Fair: Sarah Vandorpe and Andrea Crawford from Enterprise Holdings interact with students on job opportunities that they provide for graduates at the SAIT Polytechnic Career Directions Fair on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.  (Photo by Kelsi Gayda/The Press)
SAIT Career Fair: Sarah Vandorpe and Andrea Crawford from Enterprise Holdings interact with students on job opportunities that they provide for graduates at the SAIT Polytechnic Career Directions Fair on Feb. 13. (Photo by Kelsi Gayda/The Press)

The Career Fair is hosted every year by SAIT to give students and graduates a chance to meet with employers face-to-face.

This enables students to get a better understanding of the company and also make an impression on potential employers.

“It’s a great opportunity to meet students here at the career fair in an environment outside of just sending in a resume online,” said Candace Stabler, HR generalist from PCL Construction Management.

“It can be very hard for a student to make an impression with a resume when you’re competing with a lot of other students that have similar experience.”

The Career Fair offered thousands of students an opportunity to go from booth-to-booth throughout the day to pass out their resumes.

Some students traveled from different universities even from different cities.

Dori Weisenberger, a New Media student from the University of Lethbridge, thought the Career Fair was beneficial saying, “It gave me an idea of what kind of job opportunities are out there and available.

“It was also great to see that so many employers were eager to meet students and graduates such as myself.” says Weisenberger

Employers could not have asked for a more successful day, interacting with different students from all programs and the support from their companies, Stabler being one of them.

“Today there will be about 10-12 people from our company here because we have had a lot of success with students doing placements and people who are on our team full time who have studied at SAIT,” Stabler said.

Students can also look forward to future employment with companies such as those who attended the Career Fair, as Stabler is confident the programs offered at SAIT are the kind of skill set people her company is looking for.

For more information on  how you can apply to companies such as PCL Construction and Enterprise Holdings, visit their website here:

PCL: www.pcl.com
Enterprise: www.enterpriseholdings.com

About Kelsi Gayda 5 Articles
As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Kelsi Gayda worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2013-2014 academic year.

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