Career Fair attracts employers, job-hunting students

By Samantha Reid
samonthetorch@gmail.com

On Thursday, April 10, the Office of Career Development held its annual Career Fair in the Goodman Center. Dozens of employers came out for the event, which was free to students and open to the general public for a $10 fee.


Among the many employers present were Live Nation Entertainment, Apple, the Red Cross and the YMCA. Students came dressed in business attire, ready to hand off their resumes for potential careers.
“The goal of the fair is to connect students to employers and allow them to network face-to-face,” said Chris Willis, assistant director for employer relations and internships. “By bringing the employers on campus, we are giving [students] a rare opportunity to interact with a wide variety of employers and perhaps look into opportunities they may have not previously considered.”
There were a few internship and summer job openings available at the fair, but the opportunities would best benefit students who are about to graduate or already have. Alumni were also welcome to attend.
“By bringing the employers on campus, we are able to showcase the incredibly talented students and alumni we have,” Willis said. “We also get a chance to learn more about the needs of specific companies so we can relay that information to our students and alumni, to more adequately prepare them on their job [and] internship searches, as well as for interviews.”
Students who were unable to attend the fair can still take advantage of the Career Development Office’s many services. The office regularly posts job openings on social media as well as eRecruiting, streamlining the job hunt for Roosevelt students.
“I meet individually with students to find out where their internship and post-graduation career aspirations lie in order to help them identify viable opportunities in their fields,” Willis said.
The office works to make sure the post-graduate experience for students is a positive one.

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