Calgary Job Search Strategies Forum Report
February 28, 2009
The forum in Calgary, held at the Delta Bow Valley Hotel, was the fifteenth event in a six-year NEADSí Job Search Strategies Forums Project, addressing practical aspects of successful transition from post-secondary education to the job market. Delegates represented a number of colleges and universities in the Calgary area as well as some schools from other parts of Alberta. Student participants were attending the following post-secondary and secondary institutions: University of Calgary, Mount Royal College, St. Stephen's College, Medicine Hat College, Bow Valley College and University of Alberta.
Altogether 65 people took part in the day-long employment session: students, graduates, employers, career counsellors/professionals and representatives from non-governmental organizations. 10 audience members participated in the workshop through a simultaneous webcast.
The NEADS Calgary Job Search Strategies Forum included two workshop panels, an exhibit area, and one-on-one resume consultations with career counsellors / HR professionals over the lunch period. The exhibit area included displays and representatives from: BMO Financial Group, Braille It, Canada Safeway Limited, Canadian Paraplegic Association (Employment Program), Champions Career Centre and Imperial Oil.
Jennifer Dillon - Job Search Strategies Consultant, NEADS
Carol Hogarth, BMO Financial Group
Simonne Walsh, Champions Career Centre
Melody Choboter, Mount Royal College
Jeff Summers, Wal-Mart Canada, Western Region
Diane Bergeron, Manager, Coordination and Council Initiatives, Premierís Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities
Jennison Asuncion, Senior Advisor for NEADS, Co-director of the Adaptech Research Network, IT Accessibility Consultant
Jennifer Dillon, Job Search Strategies Consultant, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)