Some 70 students took advantage of the first job/career fair of the school year Thursday, September 22, 2012, and got a first-hand taste of the task of finding employment.
Seventy students and representatives of
26 companies met at the job fair. Chelsea Zimmerman, career services assistant, said the fair, which brought 26 local and area businesses to campus, was designed to introduce seniors to potential employers and underclassmen to organizations with internship possibilities. “Almost every employer had positions to fill, and this gave our seniors the opportunity to build their networks for graduation,” she said.
In addition to introducing employers to potential employees, discussions between the two groups gave students a foundation upon which to clarify their career goals and to understand skills they will need.
Peter Boyajian, a senior business management major, said he visited the event to talk to representatives of Unum, a Fortune 250 insurance company, about a job he is interested in with that company. “I feel like I have a much better understanding of the position and what they are looking for in an applicant.”
Kayla Freeman, a senior corporate communications major, said, “This helped me realize where I need to focus my energies” as she works to land a job after graduation.
Mrs. Zimmerman said the employers, responding to a survey, had good interaction with students “and all came away with one or two potential employees.”
Marica Merck, director of marketing and career services, said, “Bryan’s job fair highlighted employers, government agencies, ministry, and non-profit organizations aimed at recruiting recent and upcoming graduates for full-time jobs and internships. Several Bryan students and alumni are already reaping the benefit of being recruited by some great companies. If you missed the event, visit the Career Center in Mercer #119 where Bob Jensen, associate director of career services, or Mrs. Zimmerman can give you more details.”
Mr. Jensen said, “Pertaining to government agencies, the Chattanooga Police Department is always accepting applications from qualified candidates and the Dayton Fire Department is offering paid training and certification for volunteers, including freshmen.”