The recent UPEI Career & Summer Job Fair was the largest one yet, with about 500 students coming through and nearly 40 employers, education and student services, and career services providers.
“We did a Facebook research poll with students before the fair, and over half said meeting employers face-to-face was the most important part of the event,” says UPEI Career Counsellor Kylah Hennessey.
A look at some of the jobs and careers showcased:
Atlantic AgriTech Inc., New Glasgow
Jobs: Student Research Technicians
Atlantic AgriTech Inc. has provided independent agricultural and environmental contract research services to the crop production industry since 1991.
“We do studies for companies testing new pesticides, fertilizers and crop varieties,” says Doug MacDonald. “We look at new products coming out and new management techniques on a whole range of crops, including potatoes, cereals, soybeans, canola, corn, and more.”
Three full-time staff work year-round, including President & General Manager Steve Howatt and two Research Agronomists. One or two student Research Technicians are normally hired from May to late summer, and one or two are hired in the fall for the later crop. “We look for staff with an interest in research and agriculture who are team players, and are able to work outdoors and multi-task.”
Student Research Technicians assist with various field maintenance activities such as seed and field preparation, assisting with fertilizing and pest control, collecting data, and maintenance of farm and research machinery such as tractors, sprayers and plot combines. “Most of their time will be spent on our own farm working early mornings, evenings, or weekends on occasion.”
“Agriculture is a very vibrant business that is always changing,” says Doug. “New things are happening in agriculture all the time and there is a constant need for new insights and research.”
For more information, contact 902-963-3165 or visit www.atlanticagritech.com. Follow Atlantic AgriTech Inc. on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.
Brilliant Labs, Island-wide
Jobs: Summer STEAM Mentors
Brilliant Labs is a not-for-profit STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education organization based in Atlantic Canada.
It runs hands-on technology and experiential learning camps for students from kindergarten to grade 6 at public libraries and community organizations year round.
During the school year, Carron visits PEI schools where students work on Maker Education and Brilliant Labs projects. “In addition to collaborating with the Department of Education this year with the Mobile Maker Cart Initiative, we are also able to support teachers with project funding and assist students who want to patent their inventions,” says Carron McCabe.
Summer is the busy time of year. “Last summer, we held camps in 19 library branches with over 800 students participating.
“A Canada Summer Jobs grant helps Brilliant Labs hire six student teachers. Camp experiences included coding, electronics, and robotics.
“We are looking for staff for this summer who are problem solvers and who like to mentor and work with kids. Summer programing will run eight to 10 weeks.
“New hires don’t need coding experience because we provide the training. It’s all about being open with children in solving problems together.”
IG Wealth Management, Charlottetown
Jobs: Financial Consultants
IG Wealth Management, formerly known as Investors Group, is one of the oldest financial services companies in Canada.
On PEI, the company has been in operation for over 50 years and has 15 consultants.
Peter Mullins says their financial planning recommendations include investment products such as mutual funds, GICs, RRSPS, TFSAs, education and disability plans, and insurance products like critical illness, disability insurance and long term care.
“We also offer lending services such as mortgages, lines of credit, credit cards, and bank accounts.
“We are looking for graduating students who are very entrepreneurial and want to grow their own business in the world of financial services. Consultants are required to earn their CFP designation within four years of starting with our company.”
CFPs are required to spend 30 to 50 hours a year to upgrade their skills. “A business degree is a great foundation, but it’s not necessarily what we look for.
“I have been in the industry for over 21 years and it’s unbelievable the amount of change I have seen. The ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment is key because new financial products come out all the time.”
Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs), Charlottetown
Jobs: CPA students (including Accounting Co-op students) & Accounting Technicians
This public accounting firm has provided a wide variety of accounting, auditing, and tax services for over six decades.
The office employs about 33 people. Job titles include:
- Partner CPAs
- Non-Partner CPAs
- CPA students
- Accounting Technicians
- OJT & Summer students
- Office administration team
“We recently hired a summer student from UPEI, who wants to pursue his CPA, and we currently have three OJT students from Holland College.” says Kathryn Mills. “We find the students graduating from UPEI and Holland College are skilled and complement our team and culture. As the demand for our services continues to grow, we frequently evaluate our staffing needs.”
Nathan Pitre, who currently works full-time as an Accounting Technician, is attending UPEI part-time to earn accounting credits required for the CPA program, with a goal of pursuing his CPA designation. “I graduated in 2016 with my BBA, but I didn’t do an accounting specialization at the time. I wish I had, because now I see a CPA designation applies to everything in the business world. I appreciate that Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis is supporting me while attending UPEI, as I prepare for the CPA program.
“Advertised positions for CPAs or CPA students are posted on the AC Group website and the CPA Atlantic School of Business website. For other positions, we often use LinkedIn, Career Beacon, Indeed, Kijiji and workpei.ca,” says Kathryn.
For more information about, Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis, visit www.acgca.ca. For more information on the Chartered Professional Accountant designation, visit CPA Atlantic School of Business at www.cpaatlantic.ca or CPA Canada at www.cpacanada.ca.