The gymnasium at Humber’s North Campus was transformed as booths lined in rows filled the room, behind all of them, employers, chefs, and managers eager to speak to students and answer questions.
Humber hosted its Annual Career Fair with some of Toronto’s top hospitality companies last Tuesday linking students to potential employers.
The companies, including Liberty Grand, Earls Bar + Kitchen, and Oliver and Bonacini, were looking to meet and pre-screen culinary, tourism, and hospitality students for internships and employment opportunities.
“Employers from the industry, different partners every year, come to speak directly to our students to really network and get to know what we do here at HRT, and to show them what our students have to offer,” said Karen Hamilton-McKinnon, Internship Coordinator for HRT, and one of the coordinators of the event.
“It also shows our students what’s available out there for them,” said Hamilton-McKinnon
And students feel equally as optimistic about the event.
“We have our internships next year, so this is a great way to get to know people and show them what we do,” said Ruby Tseng, 20, a first-year culinary student. “Our program gives us many opportunities to improve our cooking skills, and our English. Our classmates are all really nice too.”
“I’m looking forward to finding a job in baking and pastries, which is what I majored in back in my home country,” said Joyce Lee, 21, also a first-year culinary student.
The event was also meant to allow students to think creatively about their futures, and show them all aspects of the industry.
“Let’s say you’re in culinary, it gives you the option to maybe work at the front desk of a hotel, as opposed to working in the kitchen,” said Vita Giglio, head pastry chef at the Toronto Metropolitan Hotel and a Humber College instructor.
“The event really gives you the option to explore,” said Giglio.
.This was also a great chance for students to find out what employers are looking for when hiring.
“What we really look for in students is appearance and passion. Someone that carries themselves professionally, looks good, and has a clear drive for what they’re doing are all things we strongly take into consideration,” said Nicolaas Vanderklei, head chef at Earls Bar + Kitchen. “We’ve been working with Humber College for years now and we love being here.”
Students spent the closing hours rushing from booth to booth, hopefully leaving with a positive future in mind.