June 12, 2024

By Holly Juurlink, Spoke News

The 26th edition of the annual P4E Career Fair at RIM Park in Waterloo on Sept. 26 had both students and vendors proclaiming it another success..

Hannah Ou, a business administration and mathematics major from Wilfrid Laurier University, thought the event was useful in learning about potential job prospects.

“There are a lot of employers at this event and I wanted to get my ‘foot in the door’ and meet different companies and see what is out there for when I finish school. I think it’s beneficial for students to see what is out there,” Ou said.

Some of the companies at the fair included Toyota, autoTRADER.ca, Canada Revenue Agency, Canadian Armed Forces Recruiting and Waterloo Regional Police Service.

Students talk to vendors about employment opportunities. Photo by Holly Juurlink, Spoke News.

“I would love to see more Conestoga people here,” said Kate Reid, human resources manager at KW Countertop. “Conestoga is where we want people from the most. This is a great opportunity to get different companies’ names out there, but also a wonderful experience for students to talk to us face to face about our companies. There’s a great diverse group of people.”

The fair was established in 1994 and is celebrating its 24thyear running with over 3,000 students attending and over 170+ organizations participating. It is a partnership between the University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Guelph and Conestoga College. Any students from those schools can attend the fair and meet different vendors and talk about jobs.

A P4E organizer and University of Waterloo representative Kari Pasick Stewart said “What’s so special about this event and sets it apart from other fairs is it is a collaboration of multiple different schools, instead of just one, and all schools are given a fair chance to meet different employers,” said Kari Pasick, a P4E organizer and University of Waterloo representative. “This really is a fair to benefit students and employers, so they can meet students from all different schools instead of just one specific school. No one else really has a Career Fair quite like ours.”

More information on the Career Fair can be found here.

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