EMSB Career Fair

Continuing a 12 year tradition, the English Montreal School Board’s annual Career Fair was held last Wednesday and Thursday at St. Pius X Adult Centre in Ahuntsic.

Open to all Secondary V students across the EMSB network, the Career Fair is coordinated by Susan Freed, a guidance counsellor at LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent and the Student Services and Adult Education and Vocational Services Departments of the EMSB. Sponsored by many organizations including Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd. and RBC, the fair gives graduating students the opportunity to begin thinking about their post-secondary path.

While the lineup of exhibitors included both vocational and educational institutions, encouraging students to keep all their options open was a star-studded array of guest speakers including RBC sponsored athletes Caroline Ouellette (hockey), Christine Robinson (water polo) and  Benoit St-Amand (sledge hockey). Several on air personalities from 92.5 The Beat FM were also on hand to talk to students about careers in broadcasting. The Beat Breakfast team, including hosts Cat Spencer and Sarah Bartok as well as Murray Sherrifs and Shaun McMahon spent Wednesday morning with students. Not to be outdone, the hosts of The Beat’s Drivetime show, Claudia Marques and AJ Reynolds were also on hand. Providing sage business advice on Thursday morning was Dylan Ribkoff, the 25-year old entrepreneur from Montreal who was recently featured on CBC TV’s The Dragon’s Den.

The community-at-large once again also took the opportunity to partake in the Career Fair. A steady stream of parents descended upon St. Pius X Adult Centre Wednesday evening ensuring that they could make an informed decision along with their children.

“The main objective of the Career Fair is to provide students with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them,” said Freed. “All students take part in a brief general information session in the St. Pius X auditorium and then have the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centres, CEGEPS, universities, the Canadian Armed Forces, McDonald’s, RBC, Bench apparel and some private business colleges amongst others.”