Professional preparation conference: oh the places you will go

*This post was written by Caitlin Cheung, a MT student in the Primary/Junior stream.

The last day of the Professional Preparation Conference was dedicated to workshops hosted by the OCT, OISE’s Continuing Education and QECO. While these workshops were being held in the Auditorium, there was a professional and employment fair running in multiple rooms at OISE. There were over 48 booths, and let me be honest with you…INFORMATION OVERLOAD. These were just a small sample of the information booklets I received.

As you can tell from the above picture and extensive list of employers below, this fair can be extremely overwhelming. The best way to navigate the websites is to find out what your goals are and then explore from there. I have created a list of questions to consider before you start going through the websites:

-Do you want to stay locally? Or do you prefer to work nationally, or even internationally?

-Do you want to teach in a classroom? Or would you like to supply teach? Or even take up a tutoring position?

-Do you want to work right away or would you like to continue your professional development?

Here is the list of the local/national organizations, and their websites where you could find more information about them:

Additional Qualifications, OISE Continuing Education

Apply to Education

Calgary Board of Education

Calgary Catholic School District

Camp Kodiak

Christ the Redeemer Catholic School (Alberta)

Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario

Durham District School Board

EduTravel Inc.

Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario

Golden Hills School Division No.75

Halton Catholic District School Board

Halton District School Board

Hire Education

Indigenous Education Network, OISE

Kativik School Board (Quebec)

Korean Consulate General-Korean Education Centre

Masters of Education, OISE

Odyssey and Explore Programs

Ontario College of Teachers

Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association, OECTA

Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation, OSSTF

Peel District School Board

Prep Academy Tutors

Rocky View Schools (Alberta)

Spirit of Math Schools

Teach Away

Teachers Life

Teachers on Call

The Deepening Knowledge Project Aboriginal Education, OISE

The Leacock Foundation

Toronto District School Board

Tutor Doctor

UTS: Innovation Program Internships

York Region District School Board

Also, there was an International Employment Fair in the OISE Library. I visited most booths, including the following:

Alghanim Bilingual School

Bond Schools International/ Bond Education Group

Canada 2 Korea

Canadian Bilingual School (Kuwait)

Canadian Connection (Teach in Korea)

Canadian International School CIS, (Vietnam)

Colegio Alpamayo

Engage Education

Eteach UK Ltd

Impact Teachers

ITN Mark Education

Maple Leaf Educational Systems (China)

Prospero Teaching

Protocol Education

REd Teachers

Responsible Reliable Recruitment

Search Associates 

The Bhutan Canada Foundation

The Canadian Trillium College

TimePlan Education

Uteach Recruitment Ltd.