By Jonathan Velasco
PEO Grand River Chapter participated in the 2016 Your Future Your Choice career fair held last Nov 16, 2016 at the Centennial CVI in Guelph. There were hundreds of high school students who came to the career fair and some serious students stopped by the PEO booth. Chapter volunteers Tabot and Jonathan, together with two mechanical engineering students from UoG Matt and Bella, had entertained about 50 students combined. Their questions ranged from what is engineering to how to become a licensed engineer in Ontario. There were several students who don’t know what they want to pursue after high school, so the volunteers spent time discussing to them the work life of an engineer. Also, by interacting with their parents, volunteers have provided some additional influence to those who were already thinking of pursuing the profession.
This type of event is a very productive way of reaching out to the youth and inspires them to consider becoming an engineer. It was very rewarding indeed for the PEO volunteers to be able to impart a spark to young minds who may become future engineers of our country.
The PEO Grand River Chapter attended Career Pathways as an exhibitor on October 13th, 2016 at the Hanlon Convention Centre in Guelph. Approximately 1300 Grade 8 students attended the event. At the PEO Grand River Chapter booth, we could interact and engage with the students inspiring them to consider wide spectrum and exciting opportunities within engineering program as their future career.