No matter where in the world they come from, most students have one goal in mind when embarking on their educational journey: securing their dream job.
To help Brock international students with the transition from education to career, the second annual Employable Expedition (Employable Expo) will be held Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Market Hall.
Hosted by Brock International Services, Career Education and the Brock University Alumni Association, the Employable Expo provides valuable networking opportunities and connections to campus resources aimed to help students successfully navigate the next steps of their career path.
The event will feature 15-minute roundtable sessions whereby students will meet with industry professionals, speak with successful alumni and have their resumés reviewed by Career Education staff in CareerZone.
“The Employable Expo gives students a unique opportunity to listen, talk and learn,” says Pauline Dawson, Acting Associate Director, Career Education. “They will engage with professionals who are interested in sharing their experiences and providing advice on how to prepare for what’s ahead.”
Roundtables will be led by experts on topics such as navigating the international experience, building a personal brand, identifying job scams and obtaining work permits, and learning effective interview strategies.
Among the many professionals eager to share their experiences with students is Brock alumnus and Royal Bank of Canada Data Scientist Matthew Chang Kit (BSc ’13).
“These types of events are important mostly for the networking,” says Chang Kit. “Even if you don’t want to go work for a particular organization you can at least walk away with a new connection or potential future opportunity.”
Originally from Trinidad, Chang Kit will share details about his experience navigating Brock as an international student and will provide insight into his journey from school to work. He looks forward to passing on knowledge to current Brock students at the Employable Expo.
Students are highly encouraged to attend and take advantage of the opportunity to have their voices heard as they ask questions and engage with professionals talking about their career paths, industry, university resources and more.
“Students will leave this event with practical ideas on what to do next,” Dawson says. “Networking, talking about their skills, learning how to get involved and understanding available resources will be useful as students consider pursuing the world of work or advanced academic studies.”
Light refreshments will be provided at the Employable Expo, however, advanced registration is required as space is limited.
To register, please visit Brock’s CareerZone.