Highest student turnout for Career Fair in a decade

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Smuckers booth at career fair

By Jacqueline Gergal

A record-breaking 3,140 students attended the annual Partnerships for Employment (P4E) Career Fair on Wednesday, September 27. Students from the University of Waterloo made up about half of all attendees, with 1,541 students attending – that’s an increase of 68% over last year.

Students networked with 247 employers from across Canada, the United States and around the world, including IBM Canada, BlackBerry, Bell, Toyota, RCMP, Manulife and many more. It’s the largest event of its kind in the country, providing local students with an invaluable opportunity.

“Career fair had a buzz and energy I’ve never experienced before,” said English and Business student, Farah Hassan. “All of the employers were approachable and actively wanting to speak with me. This was my first time attending Career Fair and I was surprised by all of the opportunities available.”

The P4E Career Fair is jointly organized by the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph and Conestoga College. It features organizations from various sectors, including government, financial, healthcare, IT, manufacturing, telecommunications, food and hospitality, oil and gas and many more. Employers at Career Fair are mainly looking to hire students for full-time positions upon graduation.

P4E’s next big event is Job Fair, which takes place February 7, 2018. Job Fair is aimed at current students who are looking for temporary jobs – either co-op or summer employment.

Additional information about P4E’s Career Fair and Job Fair can be found on the P4E website.