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We offer events and workshops year-round to help students and employers connect. Our events include Co-op and Career fairs, employer information sessions, career workshops, Résumania and more.

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What’s new with Co-op and Career? Get the latest news, announcements and developments here. For past news, please visit our archives.

Upcoming events


Co-op and Career Fair

Co-op and Career Fair

When: Tuesday, Oct 1 and Wednesday, Oct 2 (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
Where: Michele Pujol Room, Student Union Building
Categories: Fairs
Contact: evcoop@uvic.ca - 250-721-8840

On Tuesday, October 1 and Wednesday, October 2, students and alumni can connect with over 50 employers from a wide range of companies all in one place at the UVic Co-op and Career Fair. Thousands of students and alumni attend this event each year, meeting dozens of recruiting employers.

This year, the Co-op and Career Fair will also feature a variety of graduate and professional schools as well as employer organizations.

Exhibitors: Registration for the Co-op and Career Fair is now open! Please register here to pay by credit card. Please contact commcoop@uvic.ca for info on alternate payment methods.

Event details for: Students and alumni | Exhibitors |

Why attend?

The Co-op and Career Fair is the perfect place to:
  • visit employers’ booths to learn what different companies are looking for
  • explore possible career paths by chatting with professionals from various industries
  • discover career, co-op and volunteer opportunities
  • make professional contacts in your field of interest

Which companies are attending?

2013 exhibitors:

Coming soon! 

    Prepare for the fair

    Before the fair

    • Give some thought to what you hope to accomplish at the fair
    • Identify the companies you want to connect with and research them in advance
    • Prepare a list of questions you want to ask exhibitors (see "Sample questions" section on this page)
    • Print some résumés and prepare any other material you want to bring along (business cards, examples of your work, etc)

    During the fair

    • Wait your turn in line
    • Introduce yourself, offer a handshake and ask your questions
    • Allow time for the employer to respond and listen
    • Take notes
    • Ask the employer for a business card
    • Ask if you can call the employer to follow up
    • Find out if the employer plans to hire in the future
    • Thank everyone you speak with
    • Record the information you collect for future reference, especially the names, positions and contact information of the people you meet at the fair

    After the fair

    • Send a thank you note to those you met at the fair
    • If there appeared to be immediate or future employment opportunities with a company, send your résumé and cover letter and make reference to meeting at the fair

    Sample questions to ask employers

    • How does one enter this field? How did you enter it? What are typical entry-level jobs like?
    • What skills (aptitudes, interests, and personal characteristics) are important for this work?
    • What is (are) the most relevant major(s) for this work?
    • What are the educational/training requirements?
    • Are there any specific courses you recommend that I take?
    • Would I need more than an undergraduate degree for employment or advancement?
    • What are the prospects for this work in Victoria? What are the prospects elsewhere?
    • What kinds of positions will you be recruiting for and from which academic backgrounds?
    • Do you hire students for the summer (or co-op work terms)?
    • When and how do you advertise your available positions?
    • Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in working in the field?
    • Can you suggest materials I should read to learn more about it?
    • How important is having related experience?
    • Could you suggest any volunteer work that might help me gain experience in this area?
    • What is the culture like at your workplace?
    • What do you like most about your work? What, if anything, do you not like?

    How to introduce yourself

    An effective introduction includes your name and some information about yourself. Here is a sample introduction:

    'Good morning. My name is [name] (pause for handshake). I am working on [degree] and I am looking for information about work in the area of [your area of interest]. I read on your website that you have internships for new graduates interested in this area. I would be interested in applying for one of those internships.'

    At this point you and the recruiter will have a brief conversation, during which you can ask some questions about the internship or the organization. You will find out more about the application process, and possibly leave your résumé with the recruiter.

    Why exhibit at the Co-op and Career Fair?

    Thousands of students attend the fair each year, so attending the fair is the perfect way to:

    • raise your organization’s profile on campus
    • connect with thousands of talented UVic students and recent alumni from more than 10 faculties and 2 divisions
    • engage with students who are seeking summer, co-op, casual, career and volunteer opportunities
    • network with over 60 other organizations exhibiting at the fair
    • learn more about one of Canada’s largest co-op programs and how you could become a UVic co-op employer

    Who are UVic students and alumni?

    More than 19,000 students attend UVic, and 70 per cent of students come from outside Greater Victoria. Students take programs in the following 10 faculties and 2 divisions:
    • Business
    • Education
    • Fine Arts
    • Graduate Studies
    • Human and Social Development
    • Humanities
    • Law
    • Science
    • Social Sciences
    • Continuing Studies
    • Medical Sciences

    Exhibitor packages

    We offer several different exhibitor packages to meet your needs. Please note that power, internet access, bulletin boards and TV/VCR/DVDs are available by request only. Internet access requires that you bring a computer/laptop wire a wireless network adapter and any installed software that you wish to use. All exhibitor packages include one draped 8' x 8' trade show booth, one 2' x 5' foot table and two chairs.

    Standard exhibitor packages

    Standard package 1: 1-day package ($650 plus applicable taxes) 
    • 8' x 8' draped trade show booth, 2' x 5' table and two chairs
    • Online promotion on the 2013 Co-op and Career Fair website and a link to the organization’s website
    • 30-day job posting on the Co-op and Career Services’ website
    • Complimentary electricity hook-up, bulletin boards by request, and internet access
    • Coffee, tea, and water available throughout the day
    • Breakfast and lunch for up to two people
    • Up to two complimentary parking passes or two complimentary bus passes
    • Assistance with setting up and taking down your booth
    • Assistance with arranging interviews as required
    Standard package 2: 2-day package ($1000 plus applicable taxes)
    • 8' x 8' draped trade show booth, 2' x 5' table and two chairs
    • Online promotion on the 2013 Co-op and Career Fair website and a link to the organization’s website
    • 30-day job posting on the Co-op and Career Services’ website
    • Complimentary electricity hook-up, bulletin boards by request, and internet access
    • Coffee, tea, and water available throughout the day
    • Breakfast and lunch for up to two people
    • Up to two complimentary parking passes or two complimentary bus passes
    • Assistance with setting up and taking down your booth
    • Assistance with arranging interviews as required

    Non-profit packages

    Non-profit organizations must provide their registered charity number on the registration form to be considered for non-profit status and to receive the accompanying registration discount. If your organization does not have registered charity status, it will be considered a corporate entity for registration purposes.

    NP package 1: Non-profit 1-day package ($300 plus applicable taxes)

    NP package 2: Non-profit 2-day package ($450 plus applicable taxes)

    Graduate School package

    Grad School package: 1-day package ($300 plus applicable taxes) 
    • 8' x 8' draped trade show booth, 2' x 5' table and two chairs
    • Online promotion on the 2013 Co-op and Career Fair website and a link to the organization’s website
    • Complimentary electricity hook-up, bulletin boards by request, and internet access
    • Coffee, tea, and water available throughout the day
    • Breakfast and lunch for up to two people
    • Up to two 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: $2,500

    • Participation in the UVic Co-op and Career Fair (September 18 and 19, 2012). This includes registration of a 2-day exhibitor booth ($1000 value)
    • Choice of booth location
    • Company logo included on the UVic Co-op and Career Fair splash page and on promotional materials
    • Corporate banner displayed inside career fair venue (supplied by sponsor)
    • Opportunity to host an information session during the week of the fair

    Gold: $2,000

    • Participation in the UVic Co-op and Career Fair (September 18 and 19, 2012). This includes registration of a 2-day exhibitor booth ($1000 value)
    • Choice of booth location
    • Company logo included on the UVic Co-op and Career Fair splash page and on promotional materials
    • Corporate banner displayed inside career fair venue (supplied by sponsor)

    Silver: $1,500

    • Participation in the UVic Co-op and Career Fair (EITHER September 18 or19, 2012), including registration of a 1-day exhibitor booth ($650 value)
    • Company logo included on the UVic Co-op and Career Fair splash page and on promotional materials
    • Corporate banner displayed inside career fair venue (supplied by sponsor)

    Register

    Registration for the Co-op and Career Fair is now open! Please register here to pay by credit card. Please contact commcoop@uvic.ca for info on alternate payment methods.

    Shipping your material before the event

    If you would like to arrange to have your materials shipped before the event, please contact the Marketing and Events Coordinator at 250-721-8840 or at evcoop@uvic.ca

    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: Amy Machin
    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 logistics (parking and set-up)

    Please ensure your booth is assembled by 10 a.m. and is only disassembled after 3:30 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 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.

    If you have requested a parking pass, you will receive it once you have checked in and picked up your registration package and will be directed to the career fair parking lot.

    How to make the most of the fair

    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).
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