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Career Directions: SAIT students and industry discuss the future

During challenging economic times, SAIT's partnerships with industry become even more crucial as graduating students look to find employment. The annual Career Directions Fair at SAIT is not only about job hunting, but also about networking for future opportunities.

More than 100 employers from a variety of industries are on campus March 1 and 2, meeting with SAIT students and alumni to take resumes, conduct interviews and offer information on future career opportunities.

"While job opportunities are more limited than they have been in past years, the hands-on learning model at SAIT is designed to ensure our graduates have the competitive advantage for available positions," says Greg Michaud, Associate Vice President of Learner Services. "We also encourage our students to expand their job search - look at different opportunities with transferable skills to get their foot in the door. SAIT students are often qualified for a broader range of jobs than they realize."

Rocky View Schools agrees and says they are starting to see more interest from students while the oil and gas industry is struggling.

"This year, we have some very unique positions available - support workers and electrical apprentices - as we build some new schools," says Shannon Tonelli, Human Resources Recruiter with Rocky View Schools. "It's good for students to have an open mind and we always welcome those people who are looking for a change. "

SAIT offers a variety of workshops for both students and alumni to support them with their job search, with everything from networking, to interview skills and resume writing.

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