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Graduate and Professional Schools Education Fair

Graduate and Professional Schools Education Fair

When: Thurs, Sept 20, 2012 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Where: Student Union Building, Michele Pujol Room
Categories: Fairs

Wondering what it takes to apply for graduate school or professional programs like law or medicine? On October 1 and 2, 2013, students can connect with representatives from a wide range of programs from UVic and other post-secondary institutions and professional schools at the Graduate and Professional Schools Education Fair.

Exhibitors: This year, the Graduate and Professional Schools Fair is being combined with our annual Co-op and Career Fair. Please visit the Co-op and Career Fair website for more details.

Event details for: Students and alumni | Exhibitors |

Why should you attend?

It’s never too early to think about your next steps. Connect with a wide range of graduate and professional school exhibitors all in one place at the Graduate and Professional Schools Education Fair.

This is your chance to ask questions about how to apply, what to look for in a program, and how to find the program that matches your interests. By talking to representatives, you will:

  • learn about program requirements
  • compare programs to find the one that meets your goals
  • gather materials on a wide range of post-graduate options

Be sure to stay after the fair for our "Applying for Graduate School" workshop!

When: Sept 20 from 3:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. (after the fair) |  Where: Upper Lounge (SUB)

Thinking about grad school? This workshop hosted by our career educators will help you put together a solid application.


Who’s coming?

Networking opportunities

Some schools will be hosting on-campus information sessions this fall. You can attend a session to find out more about a particular school or program. Please check the events page for upcoming sessions.

How to prepare for the fair

It’s a good idea to research graduate schools of interest by reading their program descriptions and visiting their websites. You might also want to:

  • prepare questions for schools of interest based on your research
  • prepare a 30-second personal introduction to highlight the skills and knowledge you are building and your areas of interest
  • be prepared to answer questions that representatives might ask
  • give yourself plenty of time to gather all the information you need

Casual attire is acceptable, but we recommend that you look your best. First impressions count.

Questions to ask

General questions

  • What are the benefits of attending your institution?
  • How long do your students typically take to complete a master's or doctoral program?
  • Do you have open houses or regular information sessions?

Admission-related questions

  • What is the admission average for your program of interest?
  • How is the admission average calculated?
  • What are the other important factors that an admission committee might take into account (e.g., volunteering, extracurricular activities, leadership experience, work experience)?
  • Is it possible to receive advanced standing for courses/work already completed?
  • If you took time off between your undergraduate degree and your program of interest, would this affect your admissibility?

Program-related questions

  • Who makes up the faculty? What are these faculty members' areas of specialty?
  • Is there a practicum/co-op/internship option?
  • Does the program involve group work, individual work or both?
  • Is a thesis, dissertation or comprehensive exam required to complete the program?
  • Can the program be completed on a part-time basis?
  • What are the funding opportunities?
  • Are spots reserved for in-province residents?
  • Will completion of the program meet the educational requirements for the license or certification needed to enter your occupation of interest?
  • What percentage of graduates is employed in a relevant field within six to 12 months of graduation?
  • Is it possible to visit the campus and speak with faculty members and students?

Steps towards graduate school

If you're considering post-graduate studies, here are some steps to get you started:

  1. Talk to someone from your faculty of interest and ask for advice.
  2. Consider with whom you want to work.
  3. Research the school's reputation.
  4. Think about your future career. How will graduate school prepare you for it?
  5. Decide what you can afford.
  6. Consider the school's size and location. Does it fit with your plans?
  7. Visit the Graduate and Professional Schools Education Fair or attend an open house or information session.
  8. Choose programs that really interest you and chat with representatives to find out more.

Register

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate and Professional Schools Career Fair. Registration is now open!

Why exhibit?

This on-campus event lets you connect with UVic’s talented and motivated students as they explore their next educational steps.

  • Meet and recruit the right students for your graduate programs or professional school.
  • Showcase programs, faculty areas of interest and specialized facilities.
  • Build awareness of your graduate and professional programs.

Who attends the fair?

Thousands of students attend this event each year, connecting with more than 40 recruiting employers and community service providers.

Who are UVic students?

We're excited to see you at the fair!

Package options

Standard package: $300 plus HST

  • 8' x 8' draped trade show booth, 2' x 5' table and two chairs.
  • Online promotion on the 2010 Graduate and Professional Schools Education Fair website and a link to the organization’s website.
  • Complimentary electricity hook-up, bulletin boards by request, and internet access. (You must bring a computer or laptop with a wireless network adapter, and make sure your computer has all the software you’ll need at the event. On the day of the event, our technicians may ask for your passwords to re-configure the TCP/IP settings on your computer.)
  • Coffee, tea, and water available throughout the day.
  • Breakfast and lunch for up to two people.
  • One complimentary parking passes or two complimentary bus passes.
  • Assistance with setting up and taking down your booth.

Sponsorship

Consider becoming a career fair sponsor. You’ll receive highly visible exposure on campus before, during and after the career fair and demonstrate your commitment to our students and our programs.

Platinum: $800
  • Career fair participation, including registration of one exhibitor booth ($300 value).
  • Choice of booth location.
  • Company/school logo included on fair website and promotional materials.
  • Corporate banner displayed inside career fair venue (supplied by sponsor).
Gold: $500
  • Career fair participation, including registration of one exhibitor booth ($300 value).
  • Choice of booth location.
  • Company/school logo included on fair website and promotional material.
Silver: $400
  • Career fair participation, including registration of one exhibitor booth ($300 value).
  • Company/school logo included on fair website and promotional material. 

Shipping your material

Company display materials may be sent to Co-op and Career no sooner than Friday, September 7, 2012. If you wish to have your materials returned after the fair, please label them and include a completed waybill. You are responsible for making arrangements with the courier of your choice for pick-up after the event at this same address.

Courier Address:

ATTN: Sarah Ravlic
RE: Co-op and Career Fair
 

Co-operative Education Program and Career Services
Business and Economics Building
Room 410
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road (Ring Road)
Victoria, BC
V8P5C2
Canada

Event day set-up

Please ensure your booth is assembled by 10 a.m. and is not disassembled until 3:00 p.m. Volunteers will be available to assist you throughout the day and help with set-up and dismantling of your booth.

You may set up the morning of the event between 8 and 9:30 a.m. Please unload your displays in one of the two loading zones located just outside the Student Union Building before parking your vehicle. Booths not occupied by 9:30 a.m. may be reassigned if needed.

Parking

Registration includes two general parking passes. If you have requested parking passes, you will receive them once you have checked in and picked up your registration package.

Tips for exhibitors

How can you make the most out of your time at the fair? We’ve put together some tips:

  • Make sure your company or organization name and logo are clearly visible.
  • Be clear about whom you wish to recruit.
  • Have enough staff at your booth to be able to answer questions and receive résumés.
  • Be available. Turn off cell phones, PDAs, Blackberries and other devices while at your booth. Students are unlikely to approach you if you look busy.
  • Make eye contact and smile. Students are more likely to approach if they feel welcomed.
  • Acknowledge students who are waiting to approach your booth.
  • Staff your booth with interested, pleasant, professional representatives. This is more important than fancy or complex displays.
  • If you bring swag or giveaways, make sure it is something that students will use (bringing giveaways is not mandatory).

Getting to campus

UVic is located in Victoria, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island. Depending on where you’re starting, there are different ways to get to campus.

Once you’re here, unload your displays in one of the two loading zones outside the Student Union Building.  You can pick up your registration package along with your parking pass and we’ll direct you to parking from there. 

Driving from Vancouver?

Take the Swartz Bay ferry from Tsawwassen ferry terminal. The sailing takes 1 hr 35 minutes, plus 15 minutes offloading time. As you exit the ferry, you will be on the Patricia Bay Highway #17 south.

After approximately 25 minutes, take the McKenzie Avenue exit. Turn left onto McKenzie Avenue and continue for 7 km. Turn right onto McGill Road, at the main UVic entrance, just in front of Centennial Stadium.

Driving from up-island?

Take Highway 1 south towards Victoria until you reach the McKenzie Avenue/Admiral Road intersection. Turn left here. Follow McKenzie Avenue for about 7 km east, until you reach the traffic lights at Gordon Head Road. Go through the traffic light and turn right onto McGill Road.

Driving from Sooke?

Follow Highway 14 east towards Victoria. In Colwood, turn onto Highway 1 to Victoria. At the McKenzie Avenue/Admiral Road intersection, turn left. Follow McKenzie Avenue for about 7 km east, then turn right onto McGill Road, just in front of Centennial Stadium.

Coming from Victoria International Airport

Victoria International Airport is located off Highway 17, about 30-40 minutes north of the university. When driving from the airport, follow the signs to Victoria; they will lead you south onto Highway 17.

After approximately 25 minutes on Highway 17, take the McKenzie Avenue exit. Turn left onto McKenzie Avenue and continue for 7 km. Turn right onto McGill Road, at the main UVic entrance, just in front of Centennial Stadium.

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