Scores of students at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus had the opportunity to learn more about a variety of career choices on Wednesday when they took part in the third annual job fair at the educational institution.
The event, which was organized by the Office of Student Services, saw the eager students interacting with officials from a range of industries, including retail, finance, agriculture, automotive, customs, law enforcement, marketing, garment manufacturing, insurance, travel, technology, accounting and marine.
Career counsellor and organizer of the day’s activities Don-Marie Holder told Barbados TODAY the reception continued to exceed expectations, adding that some tweaks were made this year to meet the demands of students.
The aim of the annual job fair is to increase students’ knowledge of the variety of internships and employment opportunities available.
And Holder said one of the past concerns of some students had been that professionals in their fields of study were not coming out.
“They feel banks are well represented, they feel like the accounting students get a good representation, but some of our students in IT, language or political science feel like ‘what is there for me?’.
“So this year we have introduced a What Did I Do With My Major? panel series, which focused on four particular areas – careers in science; careers in IT; careers in political science, sociology and social policy; and careers in culture, language and history,” explained Holder.
Apart from the panel discussions and booths, students were also exposed to workshops in resume writing, job search and interview processes, as the university sought to help them develop the etiquette and skills needed for finding and keeping a job.
Holder said with the help of the job fair, students were becoming more aware of the internship opportunities and career choices available, while companies were becoming more organized in the way they were communicating to the campus to let students know of the vacancies available.
“So, each year I have more and more companies reaching out to us as an institution and as a department to recruit students who are currently pursuing studies or who have recently graduated, for the positions they have available. We are seeing results from both directions,” explained Holder.
“Each year we are seeing greater and greater participation and greater and greater interest from companies. This is an opportunity to better educate students about their brands, why choose one company over another,” she added.
Holder did not want to let anything out the bag, but said given the good response to the panel discussions and the increase in the number of companies participating in the job fair, it could be even bigger in coming years.
A total of 40 companies participated this year.