West Coast Virtual Fair

West Coast Virtual Fairs: Career, Volunteer, and Graduate Schools

What: West Coast Virtual Fairs: Career, Volunteer & Graduate Schools 
When: November 17-18, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. PST
Where: Online event

The West Coast Virtual Fair is the first of its kind in British Columbia! Simon Fraser University (SFU), the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the University of Victoria (UVic), have joined forces to offer students at all three institutions opportunities to virtually connect with employers, grad schools, and volunteer organizations.

Register to attend

  1. Log on to the Co-op and Career Portal using your Netlink ID and password
  2. On mobile, tap on the menu button in the top right and go to "Events and workshops." On desktop, select "Events and workshops" from the menu on the left side of the screen.
  3. Using the calendar, navigate to November 17 and 18 and select the West Coast Virtual Fairs event
  4. Register for the event by clicking the big blue "Register for this event" button. You will immediately receive an email confirming that you've registered with information about next steps.
  5. Closer to the virtual fair dates, you'll receive an email with information about how to access the virtual career fair space. This will include instructions for how to create your profile, upload a resume, and pre-book sessions with the employers and organizations you would like to meet with during the event. 

Prepare for the fair

Not sure how to connect with employers in a virtual space? Don't worry! We'll be holding career fair prep workshops this fall to help you prepare. 

Connect with our career educators in advance of the fair by attending a virtual coaching session! These workshops will provide you with the following:

  • Advice on how to make a great first impression with employers at the fair
  • Brief career coaching to help you determine which employers to speak with
  • Resources for professional development, job searching, and how to build your career
  • Information on how to drop-in or book an appointment with Career Services for more in-depth coaching

Upcoming sessions:

To register for these workshops, log on to the Co-op and Career Portal using your Netlink ID and password, go to the "Events and workshops" tab, and select your desired workshop from the calendar.

How to Prepare for the West Coast Virtual Fair

Monday, Nov. 9 | 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Co-op & Career Conversation: How to Prepare for a Virtual Career Fair

Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Prepare for the Career Fair

Monday, Nov. 16 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Preparation tips

Career fairs are an excellent way to see jobs in your field of study, meet employers and expand your network. If you prepare yourself for the fair ahead of time you will get the most out of it.

Before the fair

  • Give some thought to what you hope to accomplish at the fair
  • Identify the companies you want to connect with and be sure to pre-book sessions with them early to secure your spot. Research these companies in advance
  • Prepare a list of questions you want to ask exhibitors (see "How to talk with exhibitors" section on this page)

During the fair

  • Be sure to sign into your pre-booked session on time.
  • Introduce yourself at the start of your session, and ask your questions
  • Allow time for the employer to respond and listen
  • Take notes
  • 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

How to talk with exhibitors

Not sure what to say when you're at the fair? Exhibitors want to speak with you! They are looking for talented students to help their organization and this is a great opportunity for you to make a good impression. Use these tips if you're having trouble thinking of conversation starters.

How to introduce yourself to exhibitors

An effective introduction includes your name and some information about yourself.

Here is a sample introduction:

'Hi - my name is [name].

I am working on [degree] and I am looking for information about work in the area of [your area of interest]. I'd love to have a conversation about opportunities for [co-op/summer jobs/full-time positions/etc.] and learn more about your organization.'

At this point, you can ask some questions about the organization and job opportunities. You can also find out more about the application process, and possibly leave your résumé with the recruiter.

Sample questions to ask exhibitors

To learn about the organization or industry:

  • How does one enter this field?
  • What are typical entry-level jobs like?
  • What skills are important for this work?
  • What are the most relevant majors for this work? What about educational/training requirements?
  • Would I need more than an undergraduate degree for employment or advancement?
  • Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in working in the field?
  • 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?

To learn about specific job opportunities:

  • 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?

Contact us

If you have any questions about the fair please email us at UVicCoopCareerEvents@uvic.ca.

See who's coming to the fair

We'll start listing this year's employers later in the fall.

*UVic Co-op and Career does not endorse individual exhibitors. We encourage you to make connections according to your own career goals.

If accessibility accommodations are needed for this event, please let us know at  as far in advance as possible.

Are you an employer looking to register for the fair? Check out our employer page for more details.

For other upcoming fairs and events, please see our events and news section.