Big names like Fairmont Royal Park, Mountain Park Lodges, Skyline Hotels and Resorts and the CN Tower were among an estimated two dozen firms present at a winter career fair organized by Humber College’s School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism on Tuesday.
The gathering in the North campus concourse included recreational companies, hotels and restaurants spanning from the GTA to Alberta and New Brunswick.
Each outlet had senior representatives engaging with a flock of students constantly asking about internships, part-time and summer jobs.
“We want the event to be purpose-specific towards the summer jobs which are now in great demand, as well as internships,” said Karen Hamilton-McKinnon, internship coordinator for culinary and baking arts.
“At least (according to) formal statistics, of seven out of 10 students land their internships through these events, beyond which they come to me.”
Humber’s School of Hospitality Tourism and Recreation cites long-standing partnerships with nearly 700 companies in the industry, both Canadian and international.
Students in the school’s programs say it is not an uncommon sight to see events such as these happening year round.
“Most of these events are opening gates for students to have a base idea of the direction they want to progress into, now they have a wide variety of choices to choose from,” said Shona Chalmers, professor and coordinator for the culinary program.
Among the many representatives that pitched their spots at Tuesday’s event was renowned banquet chef Tom Phuong-Luu from Fairmont Royal Park.
“Events such as these are very crucial for students, who in turn are very fortunate to have the access to apply to them,” said Phuong-Luu, adding a career fair such as this, “is also an asset to the hospitality industry.”
A Humber alumnus from the HRT School, Prabh Deol was in the program last year and now works directly under ‘Chef Tom’ for Fairmont Royal Park.
Kelly David, first year student in Humber’s Culinary Management program, said of the companies attending the fair, “there is much to learn from them. Moreover, it gives us a ton of opportunities to work at these places part time, which I think is a smart move to begin with.”