As high school, college and university students head back to schools and campuses across the country this September, so too do Career Connections’ ambassadors. Thanks to insurance professionals acting as industry ambassadors, we are promoting careers in insurance at more than 30 events during our fall promotional campaign.
As one of our ambassadors, Lisa Ruffalo says: “Going into various schools to give presentations is extremely rewarding. I hope that by sharing my career experience and insurance knowledge it may enrich the minds of others.”
From career fairs in the east at University of New Brunswick, Memorial University, to the west coast where we are generating interest in insurance careers at University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and UBC; Career Connections is covering the country helping youth and career seekers find their place in insurance.
One of the largest events, the Ontario University Fair, which took place September 19 – 21, involved about 24 ambassadors and staff introducing insurance careers to potentially more than 70,000 high school students, parents and teachers. Learn more about our events and visit us at a career fair this fall.
Not only do we participate in general career fairs, but Career Connections also hosts insurance-specific events for post-secondary and career changers audiences. We are particularly pleased to be hosting careers fairs in Calgary and Edmonton – especially given the work force issues in Alberta – enabling career changers, internationally-educated professionals, and post-secondary graduates the opportunity to learn about the industry and meet with 8 to 12 industry employers.
As Diana Caldi, HR Recruiter says: “We have participated in a number of career events hosted by Career Connections. These events are great as they are targeted to an audience that has already identified an interest in pursuing an insurance career. I have hired many candidates from these events and am always eager to add them to my recruitment calendar.”
Alongside the face-to-face career events, we also have re-energized the Career Connections job site. If you’re hiring, it’s the place to post. If you’re searching, it’s the place to find. If you’d like to refer family or friends, it’s fitting – since 44% of those who work in the industry found their first job in the industry through a direct referral by a friend or family member (see the Institute’s demographic research report).