#Students! #S2B2015 is just a few months away. Registered to attend #LdnOnt's premier #career networking conference: t.co/nY54GITY8G

March 11, 2015

Over 15,000 students graduate from London’s excellent post-secondary institutions every year. Student 2 Business (S2B) is the marquee event that connects young talent to career opportunities in London, Canada.

Who:

500 students from seven post-secondary campuses, 250 local business and community representatives.

When:

Wednesday, March 11, 2015  3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Registration opens at 2:00 p.m).

Cost:

$10 for students, $25 for each business & community representative.

Transportation:

From Fanshawe & Western Campuses. (details)

 

"Through the many conversations I had with employers, I gained a better understanding of what employers are looking for."

Kyle Hutcheson, past participant

 

Program

 
 

2:00 p.m

 

Registration

Business card pick up, free coat & boot check.

2:30 p.m

 

Pre-conference networking and resource booths

3:00 p.m.

Welcome

3:30 p.m.

 

Two sessions:

1. International Students Session

2. What would an HR expert say?

4:30.p.m.

Employer Registration Commences

4:45 p.m.

Break and Resource Booths

Discover mentorship and school-to-work support programs. This is also your opportunity to meet other participants.

5:15.p.m.

Stuart Knight: Art of Powerful Conversation

Transform your daily interactions into moments that will give you greater wisdom and deeper meaning, while building exciting relationships with the people in both your professional and personal life.

6:30.p.m. - 8:30.p.m.

Networking Session

 
 
 

Keynote

 

Stuart Knight - Art of Powerful Conversation

Transform your daily interactions into moments that will give you greater wisdom and deeper meaning, while building exciting relationships with the people in both your professional and personal life. Click on the following link to watch clips of Stuart's live presentations. www.stuartknightproductions.com

Stuart's book will be available for purchase at the networking session.

Stuart Knight is a graduate from the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University and today is an award winning entrepreneur, critically acclaimed author, and producer extraordinaire.

He has written, produced and starred in shows that have been seen by over one million people and each year speaks nationally, helping some of Canada’s biggest companies reach new levels of success.

When he is not on the road performing, Stuart spends time writing songs that are heard around the world, and produces commercials that have been seen nationally. When Stuart isn’t writing, you may have seen or heard him on some of Canada’s biggest TV and radio stations, where he is often asked for his expert opinion on high level communication.  He is the winner of many awards including the National Entrepreneurs Award for Community Leadership.  Most recently, Stuart launched the Top Ten Event, which has attracted sold out crowds and garnered almost 20 million media impressions.  He is the author of two books: You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation and The Madness of My Mind.

As a renegade visionary, Stuart has taken gut-wrenching risks and came out on top. Today, with hilarious stories and thought provoking insights, he shares the lessons he has learned helping people reach goals they never imagined they could attain.

 
 

Students

 

This is your opportunity to:

  • Mix and mingle with employers from London’s business, not-for-profit and public service communities.
  • Enhance your networking skills.
  • Learn job search best practices.
  • Explore career possibilities with a variety of employers.

 

Student $10 ticket includes:

  • Stuart Knight Keynote Address.
  • Professional Networking session.
  • Afternoon of workshops.
  • Food and beverage ticket.
  • Free coat and boot check.

London is a great city to go to school and to start your career. S2B gives you the opportunity to network with employers who are there to meet you in a safe and welcoming environment!

London's premier networking conference celebrates the city's key industries; attend skill-focused workshops, pickup personal success secrets and network with over 250 business representatives.

International Students Session

This session is designed for individuals studying in London on study visas. There will be an open-floor question and answer session.

All international students currently studying in London are strongly encouraged to attend this informative session. This session will provide helpful tips and suggestions on how international students can best prepare for employment in Canada and connect with local employers seeking their skills. International students who have recently secured employment in our community will share their stories and best advice on how to successfully transition into the Canadian workforce.

Sponsored by WIL Employment Connections

What would an HR expert say

A panel of Human Resource representatives will respond to popular questions submitted by participants at registration and share real life examples and tips on how to be successful when applying for jobs. These experts will provide insights on everything from filling out applications, creating resumes and cover letters, and discuss common mistakes that occur during these processes.

There will be opportunities for questions from the audience.

Sponsored by Human Resource Professionals of London & District (HRPLD)

Transportation details:

Departure from Western and Fanshawe is at 1:30 p.m. with buses rotating every half an hour throughout the afternoon. The buses will return to campus at 8:30 p.m.

LEDC

Fanshawe College

Main Entrance Circle

LEDC

Western University

Natural Science Building

 
 

Resources

 

Students - How to Prepare:

  • Practice your networking.
  • Plan your outfit.
  • Do your homework.
  • Follow up!

Practice your networking.

  • During the conference:
    • Bring a friend, but make sure you part ways during the networking session.
    • Meet as many people as you can.
    • Compare notes afterwards with your friend!
  • Exchange business cards: Jot down three pieces of information on the back of their card:
    • Today’s date
    • Name of conference
    • One word memory jogger from your conversation with this person.

Plan your outfit.

  • Wear professional attire with pockets that make it easy to access your business cards.
    • One pocket for personal cards
    • One pocket for new connections
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes.
  • Respect the conference's scent-free environment.

Do your homework.

  • Research the companies and individuals who you can see will be attending (listed on Eventbrite.)
  • The more you know about them in advance the better!
  • Remember that many companies have a full range of positions required for their successful operations.
  • For example, many will have accounting, marketing, IT and human resources positions that are not sector specific!

Follow up!

  • Share what you’ve learned through social media! Link a relevant article or share a handout and let your following know you’re engaged in networking and mentorship.
  • Pull out all of the business cards you collected at the conference. Within the next 36 hours do one or more of the following activities:
    • Connect on Linkedin with a personal message referencing the conference and your conversation.
    • Follow-up on any and all promised networking connections you offered other people. Make it easy by using email or Linkedin.
    • For the high potential new connections, reach out personally and invite them to coffee/tea, breakfast or networking lunch. If geography is an issue, invite them to schedule a phone call to get to know each other better. Make your invitation approachable and hold off any hard-sell language or asks. Give before you get!
    • Add to your contact management system. Don’t allow these business cards to lay around unattended for days/weeks/months.
    • Record it. File it. Purge it (the card that is), but keep building the relationship.
 

Employers - How to Prepare:

Remind yourself of salient facts about your company, your industry, its key challenges and opportunities. You may wish to speak with your Human Resources department for tips to get candidates interested in applying.

Example: Key qualities and skills that your company looks for in a resume/cover letter.

You will have the opportunity to meet lots of interested and enthusiastic students, in various stages of their academic journey. Some will be shy and others will be very forthcoming!

Please try to balance your time to meet as many students as you can during the time period.

Some things to think about beforehand:

  • Prepare a few questions to ask students to increase their comfort level.
  • Stock up on your business card supply!
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Have fun!
 
 
 

Employers

 

Register today, as we share your presence on our networks! Your company name will attract young talent, who will target your company as an employer of choice. Your support is critical to the success of this event and will enhance London’s ability to keep these valuable future workers.

4:30 p.m.  Employer Registration Commences

5:15  p.m. Stuart Knight: Art of Powerful Conversation

Transform your daily interactions into moments that will give you greater wisdom and deeper meaning, while building exciting relationships with people in both your professional and personal life.

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 pm. Networking Session

Your $25 ticket includes:

  • Receive insights from Keynote Stuart Knight.
  • Network with 500 post-secondary students & 250 business colleagues.
  • Increase your company profile with emerging talent.
  • Increase London’s profile as a career launch pad.
  • Food and beverage ticket
  • Free coat and boot check

 

What questions to expect:

  • What roles exist in your company?
  • What skills are required to get into your company?
  • How did you start your career?
  • What was your career path?

Share your knowledge of Canada's London as a great place to launch and accelerate a career.

Although this is not a job fair, it is an opportunity to meet the best and the brightest from top educational institutions. We won’t stop you from scouting for talent - we know from prior events that businesses have recruited attendees.

 
 

Registration

 
 

Sponsors

 

Sponsoring the event:

It is through the generosity of our sponsors, that we can defray costs for students, businesses and community representatives. Sponsorship packages are still available and we recognize our sponsors in all our print, web, media and event handouts.

 

Presenting

  • _London Economic Development Corporation
  • AM980
  • Fanshawe College
  • London (City of)
  • Western University
  • WIL Employment
  • Work Trends

Gold

  • HRPA
  • Trios College

Silver

  • Certified General Accountants

Bronze

  • Brescia
  • Huron
  • Kings
  • Knighthunter
  • MIchael Clark Construction
  • TechAlliance
  • YOU
 
 
 

How can we help?

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Robert Collins

Director, Workforce Development

519.661.4545 • 1.800.327.2428