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Business expo well attended

It was all about shaking hands and networking at the Business Expo and Employment fair hosted by Okanagan College.

Wednesday’s event was the busiest in eight years with more than 55 people in attendance. Associate Dean Dr. Barry McGillvray says, it was the first time the campus had to turn away companies, as there was not enough room in the Centre for Learning Building.

“For a lot of these companies, particularly the banks, this is only one of a whole number of methods they use to recruit,” he says. “But there is very defiantly a success rate at this fair.”

Business ranged from national banks to multinational organizations as well as local companies such as Accelerate Okanagan.

McGillvray says businesses chose to attend this fair, because they like the kind of education the college offers: that of applied education.

“We run programs that are directly aimed at getting a job. For example if you hire an accountant from Okanagan College, they can already do personal taxes, corporate taxes and all the rest, this goes for marketers and human resource workers.”

Well over 100 people attended the event from students of the college to adults looking for a career change.

“Many of these students graduate at the end of April so they are looking for their final jobs,” explains McGillvray.

“However, not only are people here looking for full-time jobs, but there are part-time jobs being offered as well. For our younger students it is a chance to open their eyes and see all the different opportunities that are out there. There are lots of jobs that they maybe have never even considered existed.”

While the event will took place in Kelowna, organizer Jamie Morrow explains there are a number of regional and national companies looking for staff throughout Canada.

“There are three national banks recruiting at this event, as well as a number of multinational organizations, and we want to let people know that there are opportunities for people across the region,” says Morrow.

“By bringing industry experts together with those seeking jobs and careers, we are able to offer a direct line of communication and networking for job seekers. This fair is focused on providing people with career options and valuable information to help them find the job they want.”

Pattison Sign Group, Natural Factors, Justice Institute of British Columbia, the City of Kelowna, Tolko Industries Ltd., Valley First Credit Union and Schlumberger were some of the participating employers.

The business expo also coincides with the UBCO career fair which will be held on Thursday Feb. 5.

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