More employers want Humber students

Feb 11, 2013 | News

By Stephen J. Donkers
Career Centre employee Sarah Jorstad said many Humber students are using the career centre this semester to find work.

Career Centre employee Sarah Jorstad said many Humber students are looking for work this semester. PHOTO BY: Stephen J. Donkers

Twenty-four more employers are looking to hire Humber students, said the college’s Career Centre manager Karen Fast.

“There’s confidence in the economy, jobs are up and we continue to produce good quality students,” Fast said.

The 24 employers were added in 2012 to the 2770 employers associated with Humber in 2011 – which brings the total to 2794.

The number of job postings also increased in 2012 to 4804 from 4355 in 2011.

The job positions listed included a mixture of full-time, part-time and summer employment.

Fast said many employers from 2012 are now looking for employees who are skilled in social media.

“I have never seen so much focus on social media savvy qualities,” Fast said. “You can’t believe how many positions with those skills are needed now.”

Career services assistant Sarah Jorstad said she has seen more students come into the career centre looking for work.

“This semester has been crazy busy,” Jorstad said. “I think there might be a push from instructors also to get them (students) down here and we are seeing students come in with their projects and get ready for their industries.”

Employment advisor Christine Colosimo said Humber’s reputation plays a key factor in the increase of jobs and employers.

“I think Humber period has a good reputation,” Colosimo said. “With the increase of employers who post with us, it goes hand-in-hand with the quality of students and graduates that comes out of Humber.”

According to a Humber document, 91 per cent of Humber graduates are employed within six months after graduating.

Ninety-four per cent of employers are satisfied with the Humber graduates.

In January, Humber’s North and Lakeshore campuses hosted summer job career fairs.

Thirty-one different employers were at the North campus and 25 at Lakeshore.

Some of the new employers at the job fairs included Hertz Corporation, Wajax Equipment and SDI Marketing.