UCN connects students with potential employers during industry night

For the second year in a row, members of University College of the North’s (UCN) co-op program hosted a large-scale networking event at their Thompson campus.

For two hours in the evening Nov. 8, UCN students got the opportunity to talk directly to employers and get a better idea of what it’s like to work in different job sectors including business, government, health, education and the trades.

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UCN co-op education co-ordinator Krystle Paskaruk said this year’s industry night event attracted over 100 participants, including government representatives who travelled all the way from Toronto to attend.

“It’s a win-win for the students,” she said. “They come out here, they get themselves connected to a variety of professionals, they get to learn more about their particular career pathways that they’re heading down, what the training requirements are, what the job requirements are, how they apply to an organization.”

Paskaruk went on to say that these kinds of events are particularly applicable to UCN students, since over 77 per cent of the school’s programs have some form of work integrated learning component. 

Paskaruk is already looking for ways to make their 2019 industry night networking event even bigger, since this year saw a higher number of registrations compared to last year.

“We are looking at ways we can take the engagement night and expand it not only to the UCN community, but to the public and possibly some of our secondary students as well,” she said.

For more information on UCN’s co-op program in general, please contact Paskaruk at kpaskaruk@ucn.ca.

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