P.A. students speak with one of the 63 businesses and schools represented at this year's "Opening Doors for Tomorrow" career fair on Wednesday. Herald photo by Eric Bell.
The exhibition grounds were bustling Wednesday as hundreds of Prince Albert area elementary and high school students gathered for the “Opening doors for tomorrow” career fair on Wednesday.
The annual event featured dozens of different exhibits ranging from post secondary educational institutions such as the University of Regina and SIAST, to places where students could get jobs immediately after graduation, like the Northern Lights Casino.
Event chairman Donny Desjarlais said that the event is meant to get young people thinking about what they want to do after they graduate.
“We call it ‘planting the seed’”, Desjarlais said, noting that they invite local youth from grades 8 through 12 to attend the event. “We just want them to get an idea of what’s out there, they can ask questions, gather information, and do research. It’s just a really good learning tool for them to gauge what they want to do.”
Both the P.A. Exhibition Center and the armoury were full of displays, with the Exhibition Center featuring the post-secondary institutions, and the armoury featuring the military, police, and trade exhibits.
One of the more unusual career displays was from the Catholic church. Students lined up at their display to get their picture taken dressed as a priest or nun. Local priest Father Travis Myrheim says the goal of the church exhibit is to make youth realize how open their career options are.
“We started coming to career fairs last year, and we want to promote not just being a priest or a sister, but promote the church and show that a career shouldn’t be about how much money it’s going to make you, but what god has in mind for you, and that he has given us all gifts and talents and we have to use those talents not just to serve ourselves, but to serve the world."
Myrheim says the church is also trying to explain to young people why some choose to become priests.
“You can be in the church and not be a priest, and still serve. We are trying to make the students aware that being a priest is more of a service we are called to than a job that makes us money.”
Desjarlais says that this year’s career fair was the most successful one yet.
We have companies from all over Western Canada that come,” Desjarlais said. “We have 63 displays and we cap at 65, so it’s been a really great year.”