Career expo highlights many employment options for students

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TRURO - An award-winning recording artist delivered a message of perseverance and persistence during a career expo at the Best Western Glengarry on Monday afternoon.

Mike Lynch operates a model backhoe as part of the Union of Operating Engineers booth ran by Donald Dixon during yesterday's career expo at the Best Western Glengarry. Mike Lynch operates a model backhoe as part of the Union of Operating Engineers booth ran by Donald Dixon during yesterday's career expo at the Best Western Glengarry.

Fefe Dobson told expo participants to chase their dreams, maintain a positive outlook and never give up on the road to success.

"Keep going. Don't give up on anything," said Dobson, a Toronto-born songwriter and recording artist.

Dobson, 29, spoke from experience, explaining that during her career she had been knocked down, but always found a way to bounce back.

Dobson was signed to a recording deal by Island/Def Jam Records, and although she achieved success and released an album, she was soon dropped by the label. She then turned to alcohol to cope and moved back Scarborough, Ont.

Realizing the rut she was in, Dobson made a decision to turn her life around and return to the top.

"I'm either going to fall on my face or not. I chose not," Dobson said. "What's the point of life if you don't try?"

Dobson started to work on her third album, Joy, on her own, but was later re-signed by Island/Def Jam, who released the album in 2010. The songs she recorded turned out to be hits, and were covered by the likes of Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.

"I believe in learning from my mistakes," said the recording artist.

Tuesday's expo included booths set up by various employers and schools, offering information about their services. The event, which drew a crowd of about 600, gave people of Truro and are a glimpse as to what's available in their town, said expo manager Tim Tucker of Futureworx.

"Hopefully people have the sense they do have options," said Tucker.

Emily McInnis, a Bible Hill Junior High School student, said the Nova Scotia Community College booth caught her attention, along with the build-your-resume booth, where students were able to receive help in creating a resume by an expert.

McInnis attended the event in search of a part-time job, but also admitted she wanted to see Dobson and Alex MacLean of East Coast Lifestyle.

"It's fun to come and see the exhibits," said McInnis.

Matt Morash, a student recruitment officer for Mount Saint Vincent University, said the expo is an important event for students and people in the area. It brings awareness to a small community whose residents might feel they have no options.

"They might go further with things they didn't know they have the potential to do," he said.

Especially for students, Morash said the expo gives them a chance to network and make connections for the future. It gives people a chance to discover themselves and see what catches their eyes, he added.

"To make that next step in life."

 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Community College, Def Jam, Bible Hill Junior High School Mount Saint Vincent University

Geographic location: Toronto, Truro

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