CBU Students Participate in National – International Job Fair

The 10th annual BEd National – International Job Search held in Halifax was a successful event for CBU students and grads.  Over 30 local, national, and international school boards and recruitment agencies set up booths and interviewed Nova Scotia students and alumni over two days at Mount St. Vincent University. “The National-International Job Search is a great event for our BEd students and grads. It provides an opportunity for them to connect face-to-face with a variety of recruiters. Many students and grads experience several job interviews during the two-day event,” says BEd Manager and Practicum Coordinator Susan Basso.

There was a lot of enthusiasm in Halifax as students connected with recruiters looking for talented teachers for schools in Nova Scotia, across Canada and around the world. The truly global nature of the job market for new teachers was on display with career opportunities available in Brazil, China, the UK, Bangladesh, as well as Nunavut, Northwest Territories and across Canada.

BEd student Darren MacQueen came away from the fair with a teaching position in hand. "I was determined to find work. I landed four interviews and a little over 24 hours later I was offered a two-year contract in a Canadian International school teaching the Nova Scotia curriculum in China! All of the recruiters I talked to were extremely friendly. I recommend it to anyone eager to find work, especially if you’re eager to travel as well!"

CBU student Jared Trefry described his experience at the Job Fair, “I had an interview with a school board from the Northwest-Territories, where they are looking for over 120 teachers! From what I saw at the job fair, there are tons of jobs. My interview was in French, and it went well.  I learned that recruiters are looking for a person to thrive in the place of employment, not just work there. You could have all the qualifications in the world, but if you don't sell yourself as a good fit in the community, chances are you won't be working there.”

Research supports Jared’s observations about job opportunities for teachers. UNESCO reports staggering shortages of well-trained teachers around the world.  Globally, over 1.7 million new teaching positions are required and another 5 million needed to replace teachers due to attrition. In the Canadian context, a representative of the Grand Prairie recruiting team said his community is, “vibrant and young with an average age of 30 years old. A new 9 -12 school is slated to open in September and a new K- 8 school in 2016. We are looking for the best teachers when we come here, and from what we’ve seen so far, we will not be disappointed.”

There are also teaching opportunities locally, even though full time permanent contracts are rare in the current market. A CBU BEd alumnus described her success securing local employment on practically a full time basis, “ I find staying after school, volunteering to help students, teachers and administrators allows you to get to know them, but it also lets them get to know you. I have a replacement position now, and I am very excited about that.”