After weeks of preparation, hundreds of students attended the 2018 Spring After-Graduation Guidance (herein after “Guidance”) organized by HeyCareer Professional Halifax (herein after “HeyCareer”) at the Patrick Power Library of Saint Mary’s University on May 18th.
This Guidance had been designed to provide student job seekers, especially international students, with a chance to network with employers, government departments and educational institutions while learning more about jobs available in the greater Halifax area.
Connecting Employers and Students
The Guidance was an incredible employment opportunity for students to stand out in person in a way that they might not on their resumes. During the Guidance, students met employers face to face as job candidates, asked directed questions, built confidence and got further understanding of career planning. Students said that such experience was very useful, and their expectations had been satisfied.
The Guidance was also an opportunity for employers from multiple industries to network as well as to meet potential employees. Employers got to communicate with young candidates, which was extremely helpful in making successful recruiting and hiring decisions.
Furthermore, government departments, official organizations and educational institutions, such as Atlantic Immigration Pilot program of Office of Immigration, Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, Innovacorp and Saint Mary’s University also set up special booths to provide guidance for international students about career, entrepreneurship and immigration.
“My previous job seeking experiences made me realize the importance of networking,” said Ian Zhao, founder of HeyCareer. “We aim to build a bridge linking the recruitment needs of local employers and the employment demands of international students.”
Ian’s personality of loving to make new friends attributed to the establishment of HeyCareer. “After coming to Halifax, I got chances to know lots of local employers who hope that I can recommend excellent young people, especially international students,” said Ian, “My business partner knows many international students who want to stay in Halifax but struggle to find a job, so I got the idea of setting up a company.” These considerations subsequently contributed to the company’s visions: HeyCareer provides career counseling services which develops and delivers better recruitment solution for businesses and helps international graduates who wish to gain work experience and settle down in Halifax.
Through this Guidance, HeyCareer wanted to thank the governments and school departments for their support, as well as to thank employers for their trust. Furthermore, HeyCareer wanted to show their confidence of helping international students and expected to hold more activities in July.
This is a free event, open to students and the public. Sponsored by PiYao Travel, JT Ruto Group, Sutton and Huijiawang, a long list of employers participated in this free event, including Staples, CUSHMAN & WAKEFILED Atlantic, Scotia Bank, RetailDeep, Golden Touch Accounting Service etc. LUMI STUDIOS provided advertising design and live interviews of this Guidance.