This is an event for all grade 11 high school students in the Anglophone South School District.
- Job Fest is an online virtual career fair that provides students with an opportunity to learn more about the types of careers available to them once they graduate from high school. They will have an opportunity to explore an extensive resource library, watch career-related videos, find out how to effectively use career planning tools (like Career Cruising), speak to industry representatives from a diverse collection of career fields and have an opportunity to practice their job search and interviewing skills.
- Every grade 11 student will have an opportunity to participate in the event for at least one classroom period during the 2 day live event on April 3rd and 4th, 2013. School staff (guidance counsellors or English teachers) will be asked to schedule their English classes to use school computer labs to login to the event.
- Teachers will be provided with student access codes for their class prior to the event. Each students will be assigned unique access codes which will allow them to access the event as much as they wish during the 2 day live event and for up to 30 days following the live event. Job Fest will not have a live chat forum available after April 4th, but all the booths, video and career resource centre will be accessible for students, parent and teachers to explore. Job Fest is a web-based platform so students can access from any internet-ready computer.
- Teachers are encouraged to explore the event prior to student participation so a special preview phase will be introduced to allow teachers time to familiarize themselves with the event. It will be available for one week leading up to the live event launch (April 3, 2013).
- There will be full technical support during the 2 day live event at a local level (District tech support) and online through the event organizers and company providing the Job Fest platform.
Some students may wish to enhance their Job Fest experience by participating in interviews to practice their job
search skills and interviewing techniques.
- Students will apply to participate in the interview activity by submitting résumés and cover letters that they would use for a real job search. There will be no mock job postings. As in years past, teachers and guidance counsellors will select the best applications to participate in a practice interview during Job Fest. Selected students will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills in person with a professional interviewer for a job similar to the type of job they would be actually be qualified to perform. These interviews will be done in person in the schools that the selected students attend. They will be conducted within a 2 week time frame immediately following the end of the live event on April 4, 2013.
- Prize draws will be available for student who participate in the interview activity and for students who supply anonymous feedback about the event. Forms will be available online through the Job Fest platform and this website. Prizes will be announced soon.
- Event information and more details will be communicated to teachers (through this website, District newsletters, school administrators, etc) as the event draws closer.
This is the first place visitors begin
and they can select their first
destination from the options listed
on the billboard.
Visitors can watch on-demand
career videos as many times as
they wish. There is full playback
functionality so videos can be
paused and navigated forward
Preparing for Job Fest
What Teachers Need to Know
You can help students prepare for the event by following these 3 easy steps;
1. Schedule computer lab time for students for April 3rd & 4th, 2013.
2. Review orientation guides and webinars that will be available through this website and visit during the preview period prior to the event.
3. Encourage students to prepare their resumes and cover letters (even if they don't intend to participate in the interview).
These activities combined with the virtual event provide students with the best overall learning experience and practical tools to assist them in their future job search and career planning.
Three Quick and Easy Steps
Job Fest 2013 will follow much the same format as last year with a few notable exceptions:
- Students will apply to participate in Job Fest by submitting résumés and cover letters that they would use for a real job search. There will be no mock job postings. The intent is to encourage students to prepare résumés/cover letters that they will be using for their summer job applications and part time jobs. The goal is to help them hone their actual job search tools instead of fabricating them for the sake of an activity. As in years past, teachers and guidance counsellors will select the best applications to participate in a practice interview during Job Fest. Selected students will have an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills in person with a professional interviewer for a job similar to the type of job they would be actually be qualified to perform. This is thought to increase the educational value of the activity for students and better prepare them for their actual job search. Students will receive coaching and instruction and resources on how to effectively job search.
- Grade 11 students who are not selected for interviews and/or do not submit a résumé for Job Fest can still participate in the event but would not participate in the practice interview opportunity.
There are many career opportunities for youth in New Brunswick that many don't even
know exist, let alone how to access these opportunities.
- Local employers representing over 30 different industries will be available to chat in real time with students about their respective career fields. It is important for New Brunswick companies to dialogue with students to determine how youth can secure successful careers here at home and companies can prosper with a dynamic and highly skilled workforce.
- Teachers will be provided with an advance preview of the event for a week leading up to Job Fest. You will have unlimited access to explore the environment and familiarize yourself with the information prior to the students visiting. This should allow teachers a better level of comfort to explain the event to their students and answer any questions they may have.
- There will be full event support to monitor chat forums and manage any technical issues that may arise during the event.
Job Fest is brought to you through funding provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick through the Canada-New Brunswick Labour Market Agreements
Click this link to watch a recorded webinar
What Can I Expect to See At Job Fest?
How Job Fest Works
Tips on how to Prepare Students
Resources for Teachers
Information to Share with Students
Visitors can view and download as many career resources as they wish. These resources can be stored to a
person's email or downloaded from the screen to a storage device.
Will contain over 30 booths of industries and post secondary training institutions for visitors to explore. Once in a booth, visitors can watch videos about the industry, download more information about that industry and speak to industry representatives from local companies via a chat forum.
Who is going to be participating in Job Fest?