Career and Education Fair draws over 50 exhibitors and hundreds of students

Hundreds of students eagerly lined up for a chance to visit the annual Career and Education Fair held on October 6 at the Oshawa campus. Representatives from over 50 companies, professional associations and educational institutions partnered with Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology for the event and were on hand to answer questions and talk about their organizations.

Durham College president, Don Lovisa offered opening remarks and welcomed exhibitors to one of the country’s most unique campuses. “Our campus offers employers the best choice in both college- and university-level graduates and we are thrilled to be partnered with so many outstanding organizations and businesses to help ensure our students’ continued success,” said Lovisa.

The event attracts students from all levels and allows them to explore possible career options, graduate programs and potential employment opportunities. Johnny Cowling, first-year Mechanical Engineering Technician student, came to the event prepared with a short list of exhibitors to visit; a full list of questions; and a mission to accomplish. “This is my first career fair so I’m looking at exploring my career options but I’m also really hoping to get some leads on securing an internship for my second year,” said Cowling. “And with any luck, a future career will follow,” he added.

Exhibitors were well -stocked with literature and giveaways including pens, notepads, water bottles, mini footballs, and even hard hats. In exchange, the Career Fair offers exhibitors an opportunity to showcase their organizations, meet potential future employees, gain exposure and create awareness about their employment needs.

For Messier-Bugatti-Dowty (Safran Group), and others, the event is an opportunity to heighten visibility within the community. The Safran Group is a world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems employing more than 600 employees out of its Ajax facility and 6,250 people throughout North America, Europe and Asia. “We want students to know what we’re all about and that we are located right in their own backyard. We target Durham College students for their specific skills and have had a great deal of success in fulfilling field placements,” said Anna Maria Andreucci, senior Human Resource generalist with the Safran Group. “We are also currently exploring the option of offering co-op placements. We truly value our partnership with the college”.