University and college recruiters came to Riverside Secondary October 19 to talk to grade 11 and 12 students about post-secondary options. The students who attended this event were able to wander around and attend different information sessions for various schools and ask recruiters questions

Ms. Rochelle David, a career resource facilitator at Riverside secondary, said the post-secondary mini fair is important. “The students get more exposure to different colleges or universities that they wouldn’t otherwise know about. They know about the local ones, such as Douglas college, SFU, UBC, but there are also quite a few local ones that are out in the valley or even downtown and near UBC as well. The exposure is good.”

You should attend as many opportunities as possible.
Kira Ginac

David said there is an advantage to talking to people in real life instead of researching a school online. “The recruiters that come have so much knowledge about all their programs and it’s good to ask specific questions. A lot of times the website can’t provide information to certain questions, so it’s good to speak to recruiters face to face,” she said.

Grade 9 and 10 students did not attend this event. “I think in grade 10 you kind of want to have an idea of what you want to do, but it’s not uncommon if you don’t know. It’s a good idea to try and explore different things,” said David.

David said even though some students don’t go, the post-secondary mini fair is a good way to be more informed of different universities and colleges. “Everyone should attend,” she said.

Kira Ginac, a grade 12 at Riverside Secondary says she doesn’t regret going to the event. “You should attend as many opportunities as possible. It’s not a waste of time if you ask questions about their programs,” said Ginac.