Industry Day 2017

    • Industry Day 2017

      What is Industry Day?

      Industry Day is the opportunity for you to connect with five different companies and up to 10 industry professionals to learn about each company and the different career paths available. You will also learn about the representative’s current role and their individual career path. Space is limited and is filling up already so reserve your spot now!

      When is Industry Day?

      Industry Day takes place on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in LB 321 and 322. Round 1 is scheduled from 8:30am to 10:20am and Round 2 is scheduled from 10:30am to 12:20pm. Please note that the two rounds are the same representatives and same content. Only choose one of the times when you can participate. Due to the limited capacity, we will choose one of the rounds for you if you register for both rounds.

      What will actually happen at the event?

      The industry professionals will all be assigned a table. After signing in, you will be assigned to one table (a table of 5 students in total) to meet with the industry professional, introduce yourself and have a conversation about their industry and career. We will also have a set of questions to help spark and guide conversations. As you will be placed in small and intimate groups, we encourage you to fully participate in the discussion and ask questions to make the most of your time. After all, you're there to learn so ask away. After 15 minutes, you will be rotated to the next table and so on and so forth until you've had a chance to connect with all five companies. 

      Do I need to Register?

      Yes, as we have limited capacity. We want to make sure that this event is engaging for both you and the industry representatives and have limited the capacity to 100 students. We are reaching our limit so make sure you register now.

      Why should I attend?

      One of the best ways to learn about different industries that you might want to work in is to talk with people who already work in it. If you are unsure about what you want to do once you graduate, are torn between a few different industry options, simply want to practice your networking skills or get career advice from seasoned professionals – this is for you! 

      Industry Participants

      BlueShore Financial
      Mark Ishida, CPHR, Human Resources Advisor
      Ben Fox, Financial Advisor

      Fairmont
      Jen Mitchell, Talent & Culture Advisor, Recruitment And Training (Fairmont Pacific Rim)
      Gabrielle Stauber, Assistant Manager, Recruitment (Fairmont Chateau Whistler)

      Fraser Health
      Toni Adams, Representative, Recruitment Services

      Public Service Commission of Canada

      Check back for our fifth participant

      How should I prepare?

      The good news is that you don’t need to do a lot of preparation! As this is not a hiring fair, you don’t need to prepare your resume or think about how you might answer some typical on-the-spot interview style questions. However, you should do some preparation in order to get the most out of this opportunity.

      1. Review the list of industry participants and research who they are, what they do etc.
      2. Think about what you want to find out about the particular industry or company (things you cannot easily find out about by using Google or from their website).
      3. Check out our list of suggested questions so that you can comfortably engage in conversation once you arrive.
      4. Nervous about networking? Register for the Career Development Centre Networking workshop on Tuesday, October 10th at 11:30 am in LB 185.
      5. Tell your classmates and friends!  Because sharing is caring.

      What should I wear?

      As this is not a hiring event, you don’t need to come in your interview attire! However, remember that this is an opportunity for networking – so opt for the smarter jeans over the sweat pants!

      Do I need to bring anything?

      All you need to bring is an idea of the types of questions that you want to ask (check out our list of suggested questions for some inspiration). You do not need to bring your resume. You can choose to bring your business cards in case you make any good connections. A notebook and pen might also be helpful to take notes.

      This type of event makes me nervous… is there anything I can do?

      The majority of people feel a bit nervous when meeting people at events like this (a.k.a. networking). The Career Development Centre will be offering a Networking workshop at 11:30 am  on Tuesday, October 10th in LB 185 – register here to learn about how to network and put your mind at ease! Yes, you have an opportunity to network with the industry representatives and other students at the event but, essentially, it is a safe environment for you to ask questions that matter to you and your career development. Also, to help guide the discussions, there will be a list of prepared questions for each table. 

      Is there anything else that I need to know?

      Please make sure that you thank our participants for their time after your conversations! These individuals have given up their time to come and speak with students at Capilano University, do your best to make them feel welcome and appreciated.

      Industry Day Etiquette

      We ask that you be respectful to all participants and suggest the following:

      • Do not interrupt another person while they are speaking.
      • Do not dominate the conversation. Let others share as well and encourage peers to participate.
      • Share your thoughts and opinions respectfully.
      • Thank the industry representative for their time and advice.
      • When you receive the signal to move to the next table, wrap up your conversation, thank the industry representative and proceed to the next table.
      • Follow instructions from the MC.

      Suggested Questions

      Below are some examples of the types of questions that you might like to ask our participants. However, once the conversations start you are likely to think of many more. Remember that you are not asking for a job!

      • What made you choose to work in this industry and/or company?
      • What do you like most and least about your job?
      • What advice would you give to someone who would like to start working in your industry or company?
      • How long have you been in your current role?  What was your career path like to get here?
      • What type of experience is seen as valuable in your industry or company?
      • Are there any typical characteristics of people who work successfully in your industry or company?
      • In relation to your career, what do you wish you had been told while you were at school?
      • What is a typical day like in your current role?
      • Are there any skills that are highly valued within your industry or company?
      • Is your education aligned to your current position?
      • What can I do now to start preparing for my career?
      • If you could do it all over again, what advice would you give to yourself?
      • What are some tips to flourish in the workplace?