Desiderio Tellez moved to Brandon from Colombia five years ago in hopes of finding a better job.Now he’s improving his English by taking a course at Assiniboine Community College and chose to take advantage of the career fair held there yesterday afternoon.
"This made it easy to just come here and get lots of information from different booths and the people are very friendly, the staff are very friendly and you’re able to get all of your questions answered," he said.
This year, the college’s career fair hosted 30 prospective employers, including agribusiness, GIS environmental technologies, land and water management as well as those offering co-op work opportunities to students.
But Tellez was there to get more information about the RCMP, which was just one of the booths he visited.
"One of the officers gave me his business card and he said if I have any questions I can just give him a call and he will help me over the phone."
Along with gathering some more information about becoming an RCMP officer, Tellez said the career fair gave him a chance to apply in person for the next round of available testing.
"I’m hoping that I can pass the next one in the next couple of months," he said.
Even though he has already taken the written test twice and failed, Tellez is determined to keep trying.
"I’m looking to do something interesting," he said. "I know it’s a very good job, very good benefits, it’s a job for life."
The career fair also gave employers a chance to meet the students living in the Brandon area that could possibly be working for them in the future.
"We also have mandatory and optional co-op work placements so that our students can get real work experience prior to graduation," said James Ellis, an instructor at ACC and co-ordinator of the student co-op program and career fair.
"In all sectors of employment people are looking for students and employees, a lot of companies are already starting to plan for retirements."
ACC has hosted a career fair since 2007 and this year they extended an invitation to the entire student population living in Brandon as well as opened it up to any interested exhibitor all free of cost.