More than 50 students and 14 potential employers attended the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) department’s inaugural job fair on April 10. According to many in attendance, the event was a great success. “It exceeded our objectives, says ECCE coordinator Kathleen Kummen. “We received feedback from students and employers that this would be a wonderful annual event.”

The fair brought preschool and daycare providers from across the city to Capilano University for an opportunity to meet students and network in a casual environment. Students took advantage of the chance to interact with representatives from large, local non-profits like the North Shore Neighbourhood House and the Lonsdale Creek Daycare Centre Society as well as smaller centres like North Shore Child Care.

“It was great because a lot of them were really looking for people,” says Natalie McTavish, a second-year ECCE student. Some employers were expanding their centres, others were looking for summer staff, and many were actively collecting resumes and trading phone numbers with students.

How was meeting all these potential employers at once? “It was a little intimidating!” says Natalie, but adds that it was nice to be able to walk around with her peers and ask questions together. “We helped each other out,” she says. Although Natalie still has two more years of school and plans to take summer courses this term, she has already received an offer from a local substitute list. “It’s how a lot of people get started,” she says.

Due to the success of this first career fair, there is already talk of hosting another event in the fall that would introduce students to more substituting opportunities during the school year.

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