Career Fair promotes networking

Students and alumni of Stevenson University will have the opportunity to attend and network with over 40 professionals at the annual Fall Career and Internship Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 2:30-5 p.m. in the Rockland banquet room.

This year’s Internship and Career Fair will be held on Nov. 6 from 2:30-5 p.m. on the Owings Mills campus in the Rockland banquet room. (Photo courtesy of Matt Seiler)

The Office of Career Services hosts a career and internship fair every fall and spring semester to provide students and alumni from all majors and backgrounds with opportunities to connect and network with professionals from a variety of industries.

Matt Seiler, assistant director of employer relations and communications, said, “The event is a great way for students to network, which is something that is really hard to practice unless you go to events like this.”

This year, a total of 44 professionals will be present at the event. The employers will set up at tables labeled by the name of their organization, generally including additional informational material and giveaways for attendees.

Some of the attending employers are from Northrop Grumman, the Maryland State Government, LifeBridge Health, Nordstrom, Johns Hopkins University – Carey Business School, Alight Solutions, the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company and Art With A Heart.

“The point we try to drive home is for students to come, be open-minded, and talk to the employers. The event gives them [students and alumni] a chance to see what’s out there,” said Seiler.

Nasa Holt, a senior business administration major and career services employee, said she attended the fair as a student assistant for career services last spring. During the event, she talked with an employer from High Sierra Pools about her previous experience as a lifeguard. After their conversation, the employer offered Holt a job.

“Long story short, I worked for them this summer, and I still work for them now,” she said.

A Stevenson student networks with an employer at the 2018 spring career fair. (Photo from Stevenson University Flickr)

Students and alumni are encouraged to dress professionally and bring copies of their resumés, business cards, and any portfolio items, such as writing samples or artwork, to provide employers with tangible takeaways.

Sonya Lawyer, assistant professor of design and internship director for the School of Design, said, “By the time the Career Fair happens, students in my internship prep classes feel confident about their resumés and have practiced their elevator pitch. I encourage students to practice those important networking skills, and the best part is that numerous students in the School of Design have landed internships and jobs after attending the fair.”

In addition to networking with employers, students and alumni will get the opportunity to have a professional LinkedIn headshot taken by students in the photography club.

The Office of Career Services hosts additional career and internship fairs that are targeted for specific majors throughout the year. The next career fair is the Nursing Career Fair on Nov. 9 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Rockland Banquet room on the Owings Mills campus.

Additionally, the Office of Career Services orchestrates “Workshop Wednesdays” from 5-6 p.m. in Wooded Way on the Owings Mills campus. Some of the topics covered include resumé crafting, interview skills, social media, and other relevant subject matters.

Students and alumni can visit Handshake for a schedule of all career-centered events.

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