West Coast Virtual Fair

West Coast Virtual Fairs: Career and Volunteer Expo

Introducing the West Coast Virtual Fair Jobs and Volunteer Expo in Spring 2021!

Join us for the West Coast Virtual Fairs: Career and Volunteer Expo on March 2-3, 2021!

What: West Coast Virtual Fairs: Jobs and Volunteer Expo

When: March 2-3, 20201 | 11:00am - 4:00pm PST

Where: Online Event

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

The Jobs and Volunteer Expo is an event focused on hiring and job opportunities for students, and will be similar in format to the West Coast Virtual Careers and Graduate Schools Fair in the fall of 2020.  

Register to attend: 

  1. Register in the Co-op and Career Portal to ensure you receive event reminders and updates. Register here.  
  2. This event takes place in the Eventus platform. Once registered in the Co-op and Career Portal, you will receive an email with a link to set up your profile and access the fair in Eventus.
  3. If you participated in our previous fair in November, you can use the same login and profile!

Prepare for the fair

Not sure how to connect with employers in a virtual space? Don't worry! Attend a career fair prep workshops  to help you prepare. 

  • Prepare for the Virtual West Coast Career Fair
    • Monday, March 1  |  12pm Pacific Time  |  Register here 
  • Ace Your Interviews: Virtual Edition
    • ​​​​Monday, March 1  |  3pm Pacific Time  | Register here

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)
  • Read our helpful guides on how you can best prepare for the fair:

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 .

See who's coming to the fair

We have a variety of exhibitors attending the fair who you'll be able to connect and network with. 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

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*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.