Fanshawe's Career Fair makes a virtual return

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"There are opportunities for students from every program," said Darlene O'Neill, the Director of Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services at Fanshawe College.

Fanshawe’s annual Career Fair is coming back virtually. It is on March 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“There are opportunities for students from every program,” said Darlene O’Neill, the Director of Employment and Student Entrepreneurial Services at Fanshawe College. “They could be part-time opportunities, co-op opportunities, and most importantly graduate employment opportunities.”

O’Neill said there are lots of opportunities available and it’s a great time for students to be looking for work. The fair will be hosted through Pheedloop, which allows students to interact with approximately 100 employers in the moment.

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“We are really trying to bring the closest to reality experience for students,” said Murilo Tamburus, the Events and Social Media Coordinator for Employment and Students Entrepreneurial Services at Fanshawe College. “Pheedloop will offer them the opportunity to chat with employers and some of them will have the feature of using a video chat. So they will be able to join groups of up to 25 people with the employer and they will be able to ask questions.”

However, not every employer will have the video feature. For those who don’t, a live chat feature is available.

“Each company is offering extra representatives, so they will get a quick response,” said Tamburus.

Since there are video chat opportunities, students are asked to dress in professional attire and have their resumes ready to go in PDF format.

“They will have a button to submit their resume,” said Tamburus. “That will be easier for some students just like they do in an in-person event where they just print their resumes and take them to the booths.”

The platform also has a 3D map feature where students can walk around and visit the booth with the company logo they desire. A photo booth will also be available.

“I hope they have a really unique experience,” said O’Neill. “I really hope the students expand the breadth of their opportunities. What I mean by that is when students are looking for employment, they typically look only in the field that is related to their program of study. But I think I’ve said it many times over the years. Every firm needs an accountant, every firm needs a graphic designer, every firm needs an HR person.”

O’Neill added that this is also a great opportunity to have your confidence boosted as a student.

“This is a golden opportunity to have a conversation with somebody that hires people. The really neat thing about this year and in a virtual world is we’ve got employers from all across Canada. I would love it if Fanshawe students and graduates filled those vacancies for these employers.”

Students who are interested can register at www.pheedloop.com/careerfair2022/site/home.