Saskatchewan Polytechnic hosts 2016 career fair

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Students in a variety of fields seek out employers

Muhammad Moiz is looking to start a second career.

Muhammad Moiz (right) spins the wheel with Rowena Dubois of Casino Moose Jaw/Casino Regina at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Career Fair Wednesday.

The Saskatchewan Polytechnic student originally had a job in financial services industry. But that job wasn’t for him.

“I found good work, but I didn’t really like it,” he explained.

Moiz left that job and began to study business accounting. But there was quite a bit of competition and few jobs in that path, he said.

So Moiz hoped to connect with employers at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Career Fair, hosted Wednesday at the Moose Jaw campus.

The career fair, now in its 36th year, meant to connect soon-to-be graduates and employers, according to Holli Bell, coordinator of student services for the school.

This year, 65 businesses set up displays in the school's gymnasium. Careers ranged from casinos, to cops, to banks. In previous years, there would be 25 additional booths, but Bell said a slowdown in the potash and oil sectors meant fewer booths here.  

As well, other companies had already begun snatching up prospective technology program grads soon after they graduated in December, so they were less likely to attend this meeting.

Many students were still there to meet employers, though, including Adam Helland, who is studying welding.

“Being that school is almost over, I’m not 100 per cent sure what jobs are out there,” he explained. “With something like (the Career Fair) I can figure out what’s out there and what’s available.”

When he began studying welding, he thought he would end up working in the oilfield. But declining oil prices have left him thinking otherwise.

“Throughout the year there’s so much talk about no jobs out there. It’s good to have this so I can expand and see what else there is,” he said.

Helland also said that although he might have to temper his expectations about the pay, welding was still a high demand trade.

Another student optimistic about the future was Alexandria Slough, who was studying human resources.

“I like the companies (like the Co-op Refinery Complex and Mosaic) that talk to me and ask me what I’m interested in,” she explained. “I’m thinking here in Saskatchewan looks promising. They’re looking for students, even with the economy,” she said. “I’m in business, and I think there’s always going to be opportunities there.”

Organizations: Saskatchewan Polytechnic Career Fair

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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