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Students learn more about employment opportunities

[Bible Hill, NS] - A world of opportunities was brought to students at Nova Scotia Agricultural College this week at the university's annual career fair.

Danielle Goodfellow, left, and Melissa MacLeod of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, chat with Thomas Harrington, an NSAC student in his second year of the integrated environment management program at the Career Fair.

More than 40 exhibitors registered for the event that drew more than 100 students and community members.

"We came here to raise the profile of the aquaculture industry for those who may not know the opportunities that are there," said Melissa MacLeod, public engagement coordinator of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia.

She said the association wanted to participate in the career fair for many reasons, some of which are to gage interest in the industry, to share opportunities within the industry, to learn about the number of students receiving aquaculture education, to share information about a new scholarship program and to introduce people to the benefits of participating in an upcoming international conference.

"It's a really good opportunity for students to go to meet people in the industry, meet producers and discover job opportunities," said MacLeod.

The association was calling for submissions for the newly established Cathy Enright Scholarship, named in honour of a former NSAC professor.

Third-year NSAC student Jeanette Van der Linden said seeking internship job opportunities was a priority for her visit at the fair.

"I came to see what was here and to talk to different people and learn about what they have to offer," said the student.

She added the fair is great for networking with various people because if an exhibitor doesn't have a job available in the field they are looking for, they may be able to provide information about jobs at another organization.

"They might be able to point me in the right direction," she said.

Unsure of exactly what type of career she will be seeking following graduation from the international food business program, she was pleased with the amount of information exhibitors offered at the fair as food for thought.

  Truro Daily News

Organizations: Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia, Daily News

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