Fall career fair a success

The Career Fair, hosted by Career and Employment Services, took place on Thursday, Sept. 26.
A hum of voices came from Marshall Hall, where men and women dressed in blouses and ties, high heels and polished shoes stood next to tables representing various companies and organizations.
Nordstrom, Target, Coca-Cola, the Washinton State Legislature, Hitachi, the Peace Corps and the Museum of Glass were just some of the local, national, and international companies that made an appearance this year.
“We encourage all students to go to the career fair, it’s good practice.  There’s a really good mix of various employers that are looking for all kinds of students,” Employer Relations Manadger of Career and Employment Services Sue Dahlin said.
CES hosts a Career Fair every semester in order to provide ample opportunity for students to connect with employers.
“We try to bring employers that have alumni representing them,” Dahlin said. “There really is something for every class year.”
The Career Fair this year was a great success, with more than twenty-seven companies in attendance.  Some, like Coca-Cola, were here for the first time.
“[The Career Fair] is an easy opportunity meet employers, instead of the real world, especially Coca-Cola or Enterprise, which are big companies and hard to get in touch with,” freshman Matthew Bogert said.
With the fall’s Career Fair over, students will have to wait until spring for the next on-campus opportunity to meet potential employers.
“I wanted to learn more about volunteer opportunities because as a freshman student who is undecided, I thought it would be a good opportunity to meet employers and see what kind of majors they are looking for,” freshman Mike Eckel said.
This is an event that caters to anyone and everyone, with opportunities ranging from volunteering with JET and the Peace Corps to marketing and sales with Hitachi and Enterprise.
“Kind of getting a foot in the door is a good experience,” Museum of Glass representative Elisabeth Emerson said.  Students agreed with this sentiment.  “[The students] need to think about employment and this a good place to start,” Bogert said.
The Career Fair’s fast-paced, lively hubbub combined with the extremely helpful tips and guidance from the CES staff made the event a success.
The experience was valuable for students looking for an internship or job; the setting and atmosphere made large companies seem accessible, and the variety of opportunities available made it a valuable experience for students of all grades.
For those who missed this Career Fair, there will be a second one in the spring.  For more opportunities like this, visit Career and Employment Services in Howarth 101.