IGNITE Job Fair draws ‘steady flow of students’

Apr 7, 2022 | Campus News, News

The IGNITE Job Fair was held at Humber’s North campus Thursday for Humber and University of Guelph-Humber students.

The job fair highlighted 11 part-time positions open to students.

“The event today is basically an opportunity for students on campus to apply for jobs, to bring their resumes, have in-person interviews and just get the experience of applying for jobs in-person,” IGNITE Brand Ambassador Marissa Brooks said.

IGNITE Brand Ambassador Marissa Brooks working at the job fair's front desk on April 7, 2022.

Brooks is a Community Social Services student at UofGH, and worked the front desk of the event, greeting what she estimated to be more than 100 students applying for jobs.

“From my understanding, it’s been a while since this has happened. That’s kind of why there’s been so much excitement around it. It definitely hasn’t happened in the past two years because of COVID,” she said.

The positions available include IGNITE Brand Ambassador, Content Writer, and Customer Service Representative.

A full list of positions is available on IGNITE’s website.

First-year Business Management student Zeal Rohit said she came to the event and applied for the Brand Ambassador position in hopes of securing a part-time position.

“I was so fascinated by the IGNITE programs and events that were held on campus, so I thought I would like to be a member of this team. I’m here to apply, so let’s see,” Rohit said.

First-year Humber student Zeel Rohit attending the job fair.

“I’m excited. I’m just figuring everything out because I’m a first-year student. As of now, I’m not working.”

First-year Business – Accounting student Oluwatoyin Charles Edohen also applied to the Brand Ambassador position as well as the Customer Service Representative role.

“I’m mostly gunning for the customer service position because of my future career,” he said.

Oluwatoyin Charles Edohen waiting for his interview at the IGNITE Job Fair on April 7, 2022.

Edohen said he chose to go to the job fair after previously attending virtual IGNITE events. The job fair was his first on-campus event.

IGNITE Operations Manager Jordan Dias-McGown oversaw the event.

“I would say it went pretty well. We had a steady flow of students,” she said.

Dias-McGown said the applicants were from all campuses and “all ranges of programs,” and that students did not need to be enrolled in a specific program to be hired for any of the positions.

“Something that applies to all of our positions is definitely someone that’s high-energy and looking to have an opportunity for peer-to-peer support.”

She also said IGNITE is looking to hire and support both domestic and international students.

Anneza Ameer, an international student from Guyana, is in her first year of Humber’s Biotechnology program. Ameer applied for two positions in search of part-time work while she studies.

“I’m an international student, so it has been a challenge for me to find work, despite my experience and educational background,” she said.

International student Anneza Ameer looking for part-time work at the job fair.

“So I decided to come and be hopeful that I might get something part-time. As international students, we’re restricted to only 20 hours per week, so it’s kind of hard.”

There are still more opportunities for employment, as the Lakeshore Campus Job Fair will take place next week on April 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.