Friday, 01 March 2013 08:53

Connection to Careers should help southwest employment situation

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The Great Plains College and Service Canada’s Connection to Careers Come and Go Job Fair is an excellent opportunity for the college’s students to perhaps get a starting point in mapping out their work future.

However, it’s also a chance for employers in the area to get a chance to meet some motivated, potential employees.
Karen Richmond, Great Plains College Regional manager, said the third-time event is highly —anticipated. It helps contribute to the college maintaining and improving its already high success rate in the number of graduates who find employment.
“The college is committed to the transition of student to employment.”
Richmond says this year’s edition of the job fair will be slightly different. While it’s still in the Great Plains College gym, this year includes a free breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m. The event itself will run from 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. It’s all about the quality of the time — not the quantity. Both sides prefer the day to be condensed to a morning.
“The labour retention committee looked into it as we used to have it run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The feedback that I got from employers and from the recruits too was that it was too long of a day,” explains Richmond. “This year, we give them a breakfast and coffee-style.”
Richmond indicated she would like more than 20 prospective employers at the event. The first year they had 18 employers and the second one hosted 14. Richmond is hopeful with the changes there will be more business owners and students who want to participate.
Richmond said they also like to contact alumni to see if they have possible employment opportunities.
If you do want to get involved one way or another, phone the college at 306-778-5478. Also visit the college’s website at

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