The Career Centre recently organized the Professional Schools Fair at the RAWC. The fair was attended by over a thousand students and 93 schools from across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia and covered academic disciplines such as business, law, health, teaching, graduate studies and college programs.
According to Clair Westgate, the centres external events and employer services coordinator, the purpose of the fair was to connect admission representatives from professional schools with students who are interested in exploring options for further educational opportunities.
Various school representatives echoed the success of the centres initiative to connect the students with schools. Elaine Brothwick, admissions director for the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia, said that The student turn-out was great. All of the students were asking the right questions and had done their home-work. The MBET program representative from the University of Waterloo expressed a similarly positive experience.
Andrea Tulett, who tended the presentation booth for UTMs Masters of Management in Innovation program offered by the faculty of medicine, was satisfied with the fair. Overall the fair was good. It provided us a great opportunity to answer questions and help the students make important decision about their future career goals.
Although the fair was a success for most, some students believed that the fair should be held more than once, since the fair often conflicted with the students schedules. Westgate acknowledged the concern and replied that the timing for the Professional Schools Fair, like any other campus event, is challenging because students have classes every day of the week. We do our best to pick a time that we know students will be on campus and have a break. We would love to organize the fair at other times but the attending organizations wont attend on weekends due to their preference for regular business hours.
The Professional Schools Fair was the second fair of the year organized by the Career Centre to help students plan their careers. Some of the upcoming events for the centre include the Career Expo on October 27, which will allow students to meet employers from major corporations such as the Royal Bank of Canada, Wells Fargo, Investor Groups and Reckitt Benckiser.