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Press Release: Career Fair offers up-close look at 21st century careers

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Instructors from more than 50 diverse disciplines at Okanagan College, along with an equal number of employers from throughout the Okanagan Valley, are gearing up for the largest and longest running career fair in the Southern Interior.

The 29th annual Okanagan College Career Fair gets underway Sunday, Nov. 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the KLO campus in Kelowna.

Potential students curious about careers ranging from traditional arts and sciences to fields like aircraft maintenance engineering, interior decorating, or even audio engineering and music production, can meet instructors to find out more about educational pathways and career opportunities.

Visitors to this free event can also chat with experts and employers from various agencies like the National Research Council of Canada, the RCMP, Interior Health’s diagnostic imaging department, and numerous others.

“It’s great to see a lot of exhibitors from previous years come back and support the fair but it’s also great to have new exhibitors on board this year like Terus Construction and Anodyne Electronics Manufacturing,” said Career Fair coordinator Michelle Lowry. “It’s a good opportunity for jobseekers to find organizations that are actively recruiting employees and learn about educational requirements to secure such jobs.”

Back for the second year, is the popular Community Science Celebration, which takes place inside the College’s Centre for Learning, and features Science World and School District 23.

New this year will be a special outdoor Trades tent in the front parking lot of the KLO campus featuring a souped-up golf cart put together by the welding and automotive trades, plus a metal fab apron and welding trailer. Inside the welding shop itself, visitors can try out the welding trade by using a new virtual reality welding simulator.

John Haller, Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship, admits the current economy means there is a high level of competition for employment, but he’s equally aware that as baby-boomers enter their retirement years, there is a growing need for a new generation of skilled workers.

“The projected skills shortages are still forthcoming, which means students should be training now to meet the future demands."


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