The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
By TORI RUTHERFORD Staff Writer Niagara College wants you to know your options. The Niagara College All About Options Employment and Education Expo is taking place in January at the Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses. The expo is an opportunity for students, alumni and community members to meet a variety of exhibitors including full-time and part-time employment, graduate school, professional development, international and volunteer opportunities. The Welland campus will hold its expo in the Learning Commons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 28. The NOTL campus will hold it in the gymnasium and lower level foyer between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Jan. 29. The expo will include over 75 exhibitors but will be unique at each campus. The Welland campus has 52 booths available in the Learning Commons and adjoining halls for the event and the NOTL campus has 70 booths available between the main level, outside of the gym and inside the gym. The full list of exhibitors will not be available until registration has closed and all booths are assigned. You can view the list of last year’s exhibitors at www.niagaracollege.ca/content/Home/AllAboutOptions/Exhibitors.aspx to get an idea of what colleges, universities and employment opportunities could return this year. This event marks the fourth year of combining an education fair with an employment fair. Monique Morin, of the Department of Co-op Education and Graduate Employment Services, who has led the expo since the beginning, believes that it will only grow in attendance. “Last year, when we added one at the Welland campus, we had it in the gym and it seemed that people would just walk by without even looking. This year, it will be in the Learning Commons, which gets much more foot traffic, so I believe it will be much more popular,” said Morin. “Not all exhibitors are local. One company from B.C. just registered to attend.” Students do not have to register ahead of time but Moin recommends that they come dressed to impress with resumés to hand out. She does not recommend students write cover letters in part because the exhibitors will not have time to read them with a large line waiting to speak with them but also because there is no way to know who you will be speaking to ahead of time. If you could use some help buffing up your resumé before the expo, you can drop in at the Job Centre on your campus anytime or attend a resumé session held by the Job Centre. The schedule of resumé building sessions is posted on the Job Centre website.