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REPORTING · 5th May 2012
Walter McFarlane
Jobfest was in Kitimat on May 2nd at Riverlodge. Acres of Lions was performing at Jobfest and several local public speakers had been lined up to share their experiences deciding their career. Jobfest was put on through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation.

“What we’re doing here is featuring online tools that showcase possible career paths in British Columbia,” said Daisy Groff. “We’ve gotten a really wide demographic of participants to our event. We’ve been received really warmly in Prince Rupert, Abbotsford, Nanaimo and Haida Gwaii.”

The speakers included Rose Clucas, Trish Parsons and Rebecca Green. They told their stories about how they followed their passions and interests and how it led to their careers Also present through out the day was CFNR.

Notably missing from Jobfest were employers and recruitment. “That is not out goal here, that is not the intention of Jobfest. Our focus here is to feature nine online tools and present it in away to youth that’s appealing. That’s why it’s in the form of a rock concert and that’s our mission today,” said Groff.

The tools included career trek which houses videos showcasing careers in BC, a build a career quiz which is an application for phones and, for the kids, Career explorers which is a flash based board game about finding your career.

“We’re very glad to be in Kitimat, this is a very beautiful place to live in and we appreciate the warm reception we’ve gotten and we’ve had a great time,” said Groff.
Monica Davis applies a tattoo to George Lincoln.  Lincoln was taking a course in Pipefitting after Jobfest in the Vancouver area got him interested in that career.
Monica Davis applies a tattoo to George Lincoln. Lincoln was taking a course in Pipefitting after Jobfest in the Vancouver area got him interested in that career.