Thank you for making the 6th annual Non Traditional Career Fair such a huge success!
Over 2000 students and members of the general public visited the career fair to discover the many opportunities that exist in our community. Local businesses, training schools, community service groups and representatives from government were in attendance representing the diverse labour market in the Greater Saint John area and Kings County.
The many informative and interactive displays encouraged students to ask questions and start thinking about their future career goals. The goal of the career fair was to be as fun and interactive as possible, so presenters used their creativity in staging demonstrations, physical props of job-related equipment, information handouts, promotional items, samples, or other things they felt would help students (and the public) obtain a good understanding of their organization and/or the career field they represent.
So what was so "non traditional" about this event?
For the District day sessiopns, the career fair was based on presenting five of the six options available to students once they graduate from high school;
The only missing post secondary option in the day sessions was "University". Make no mistake, a university education is an equally viable option as the other five destinations listed above. However, this year there were seperate career fairs through Districts 6 and 8 specifically showcasing universities for students. In addition, recruiters from most or the universities visited the high schools to provide students with information throughout the school year. In fact, students and parents have become so well accquainted with the opportunities afforded through a university education that some of the other post secondary opportunites may have a tendency to become overlooked.
So this career fair attempted to present the above 5 post-secondary destinations in a fun and informative environment so students could see ALL the opportunites available to them. To have a successful career requires a complete view of all the available options so people can make effective and informed decisions about thier careers and future.
At this event, students found unique ways of looking at their career choices and discovered jobs that don't fit into the traditional "9 to 5" template. Even if students were considering a university education, those skills complimented some of the career options found here very nicely.
The Non-Traditional Career Fair was held at the Kings Valley Wesleyan Church, Hampton Road in Quispamsis. The list of presenters who attended can be viewed here.
March 22ndEvent Host: School District 6
8:00-9:00 AM Presenter arrival and display set up
9:00-9:15 AM Welcome to presenters
9:20-10:00 AM Students from Sussex High School
10:10-10:50 AM Students from Belleisle Regional High School
11:00-11:40 AM Students from Hampton High School
11:40-12:20 PM Students from Kennebecasis Valley High School
12:20-1:10 PM Complimentary lunch for presenters (on site)
1:10-1:50 PM Students from Rothesay High School
2:00-2:30 PM Debriefing and feedback from presenters
2:30-5:30 PM Venue closed (presenters responsible for own meal off site)
6:00-8:00PM Career Fair reopens to parents and the public March 23rd Event Host: School District 8
9:00-9:15 AM Welcome to presenters
9:30-10:20 AM Students from Saint John High 10:25-11:15 AM Students from St. Malachy’s 11:20-12:10 PM Students from Harbour View High 12:10-1:30 PM Complimentary lunch for presenters (on site) 1:30-2:20 PM Students from Simonds High School 2:30-3:00 PM Debriefing and feedback from presenters 3:00-3:30 PM Tear down/End of event