Past, current and future employers were feted by Humber College’s Business School Placement Centre at its annual Employer Appreciation Event.
Last Friday’s event at the Lakeshore campus attracted about 250 employers and 200 students and faculty, said placement centre manager Antoniette DiMarco.
“We have invited our employers and industry partners who support our students by giving them opportunities in work-integrated learning and placements,” DiMarco said.
The evening witnessed a constant flow of guests — including industry professionals, degree students, alumni, faculty, advisory committee members and other partners — and was a major success.
Jay Mytheen, owner of IT consulting firm J&M Group, hired a student from Humber College and was happy with the experience.
Asiya Awan, a second-year paralegal studies degree program, said she heard about the event as soon as the school started and decided to add it to her plate.
“This is basically a networking event where employers, faculty and students come to network and find possible internships or placements,” Awan said.
Sanjukta Das, the placement advisor for the Humber’s business school at North campus, said her job was to train students and make their transition toward employability smooth. She showed immense gratitude toward Humber’s industry partners and said it was because of them that her students were able to complete their placements and move toward employment.
Danny Da Costa, regional vice president of Intact Insurance for Durham Region, said the event is about getting out, talking to students and promoting the industry to them.
There were 40 students volunteering to help the college faculty and staff organize the event. Some were managing booths, others were holding welcome signs, and others helping with banners.
Mohammed Musthafa, a second-year global business management student who works part-time in the school cafeteria, said he served food to 80 to 100 guests and was very excited to be there.
Bruce Sinclair, the program coordinator for the Fashion Management Bachelor of Commerce course, said the appreciation event was a way to thank all the companies that hire Humber’s students as interns.
This year’s event provided everyone in attendance the opportunity to meet, mingle and network while enjoying some great background music, food and conversations.