Monday, August 27, 2012

Event: Green Living Jobs Forum (First Annual)

Since the Teen is entering his final year of high school, and looking at career options and college programs, we are all looking for opportunities to help him access information and make good choices. I expect this year will entail a lot of exploration and not a few educational and career fairs. I was definitely interested to receive the information on this upcoming Green Jobs Forum, to be held in Toronto on Sept. 17. We'll be heading down there with the Teen to gather info and hopefully make some connections. If you are interested in learning more about green jobs, whether for your kids or yourself, I encourage you to take a peek at what this free event has to offer.


Green Living Enterprises is putting together a Green Jobs Forum to raise awareness about environmental career opportunities among youth. On September 17th, 2012, thousands of students, recent graduates and anyone looking for a career change will gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to learn all there is to know about Jobs in the New Green Economy. The Green Jobs Forum is Canada’s first comprehensive, multi-sector platform for business leaders, visionaries and teachers to connect and exchange their knowledge with the next generation. The goal: To foster a greater understanding of real-life career opportunities and put youth in the position to seize them. 

Admission is free!

This event will help attendees understand the professional and educational opportunities available in the environmental field. Experts from environmentally focused companies will deliver seminars focusing on skills and education which will help youth in identifying employment in growth sectors that facilitate the reduction of waste and pollution and benefit the environment. There will be eight seminar rooms and each room will focus on a different sector:

1. Alternative Energy
2. Green Building
3. Transportation and Urban Planning
4. Agri-food & Horticulture
5. Economics & Business
6. Marketing & Communication
7. Environmental Protection & Conservation
8. Entrepreneurship, Partnership and Innovation

Each room will have up to 6 seminars which will cover different careers within each of the focus areas. Attendees will receive information about job opportunities in the field, work environment, along with education and specific requirements to enter that field. 

In addition to seminars, there will be up to 60 exhibits which attendees will be able to explore between seminar sessions. The exhibits will be divided into 4 categories:

1. Hands on help: This area will provide attendees with resume and cover letter writing help, interview skills, jobs search techniques, etc.
2. Corporate and NGOs : This area will house companies that have jobs to offer in the environmental field or that regularly hire new graduates
3. Universities and Colleges: Educational institutions that offer environmental programs
4. Networking opportunities: Any organizations that provide internships, volunteer opportunities or networking opportunities (such as green drinks) will be clustered in this area of the exhibition floor

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