Hundreds of Okanagan College students turned out to the annual business expo and hiring fair at the college Wednesday. Image: Alistair Waters/Capital News

Hundreds of students show up at Okanagan College business expo and hiring fair

This year the expo drew 60 exhibitors for students to network with.

Okanagan College students looking for a job had 60 potential employers come to them Wednesday at the college’s annual business expo and hiring fair.

The all-day event at OC Centre For Learning on the Kelowna campus not only gave the students an opportunity to speak with companies, organizations and municipalities looking to recruit staff, it also gave them a chance to network.

“It’s pretty good, the companies are coming to us rather than us having to go to them,” said business student Raveet Kaur.

The business and management student said it also helped her learn what her finance speciality is suited for in the work world.

The expo, now in its 12th year, has become a popular event for both students and the business and organizations looking to hire.

RELATED: Okanagan College dean of business creates award for global education

Christy Klein, with the City of Kelowna’s Human Resources department, said the expo is the main student hiring event the city attends each year.

She said while the city like to support the college, it has also hired a number of students in the past through the event who have gone on to work for it full-time.

“It’s also helps us raise awareness about what the city does and what it has to offer (in terms of jobs),” she said.

On Wednesday hundreds of students attended, networking with representatives of the companies there, making contacts and gathering information.

“We have found it to be very successful over the years,” said OC School of Business den Bill Gillett.

He said the college has a success rate of students finding full-time work in their field after graduating, a number in the high 90 per cent range. And the annual expo and hiring fair contributes to that success.

Gillett said a number of the presenters this year included former OC students who were back to help recruit for their respective companies.

As a testament to the growing popularity of the event, this year the college had to turn away 20 companies because there was not enough room at the OC Centre For Learning to accommodate the demand.

For next year, organizers are considering expanding on to the second floor of the facility so it can add more exhibitors.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Four-hour wait time to book child’s COVID test concerns Kelowna parent

Interior Health is asking for patience as they experience an increase in calls and testing requests

Morning Start: One Year on Uranus Is 84 Years on Earth

Your morning start for Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020

Attorney General defends Kelowna Mountie involved in rough arrest

Tyler Russell filed a lawsuit against Const. Siggy Pietrzak in June of this year

‘Perfect storm’ causes influx of black widows in the Okanagan

The region’s only venomous spider has come out in full force this year

A Gardener’s Diary: How to make green tomato pickles

Gardening columnist Jocelyne Sewell looks at how to use up all those ripened tomatoes as the season shifts

B.C. reports 96 new COVID-19 cases, one hospital outbreak

61 people in hospital as summer ends with election

B.C. could be without a new leader for multiple weeks after Election Day: officials

More than 20K mail-in voting packages were requested within a day of B.C. election being called

Refresh of Liberal government’s agenda comes amid new looming COVID-19 crisis

Lockdowns saw fed spending soar to historic levels in effort to offset pandemic’s blow to Canadians’ livelihoods

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

BC Liberals must change gears from election cynicism, focus on the issues: UBC professors

COVID-19 response and recovery is likely to dominate platforms

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

‘Unprecedented’ coalition demands end to B.C. salmon farms

First Nations, commercial fishermen among group calling for action on Cohen recommendations

Earthquake off coast of Washington recorded at 4.1 magnitude

The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres

B.C.’s top doctor says she’s received abuse, death threats during COVID-19 response

Henry has become a national figure during her time leading B.C.’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Most Read