University promotes job options

Career Day at University of B.C. Okanagan first of two annual event to help connect students with employers

Wade Paterson

Black Press

Will Patterson is fairly confident he will be able to land a job after he finishes his degree in civil engineering, but he’s not taking any chances. He was one of several students networking with potential employers at Career Day at the University of B.C. Okanagan Thursday.

“You start to think long-term and realize these are the connections you need,” said Patterson. “When you come prepared with questions, that’s when you can really find out about what you want in a company.”

Twenty-five companies – some of which included B.C. Hydro, Husky Energy, Scotiabank and Target Canada–had booths set up in the Engineering, Management, Education Building. Jamie Basran, career manager, said this is the first year the university will host two career days. Previously, the annual February career fair was the only chance for students to meet with prospective employers. This year, the university opted to take advantage of the fall recruitment period.