‘Career fair’ offers job options for students

Southeastern students were able to explore potential jobs during Southeastern’s annual Career Fair at the Pennington Student Activity Center on Sept. 23.

Students who attended Career Fair were dressed mainly in professional attire and had resumes on hand to give to the many businesses that were present at the fair.

The fair offers Southeastern students as well as alumni a place to find jobs and network with potential employers. This year the career fair had more than 120 employers looking for potential hires with 58 of them accepting applications from all majors.

“I was really surprised there were about four or five opportunities, that someone with a masters degree could really apply for,” said Southeastern mass communications alum Tim San-Fillippo. “I was just kind of thinking ‘I’m just going to go’ but ended up finding these great opportunities.”

Students also found the layout of the fair easy and the directions to the booths simple to follow if they were looking for just one type of employer.

“I was only looking for banks and it was really easy to read the directions on the sheet, very easy because i found it right away,” said Southeastern alum Dawn Foster. “I graduated three years ago and this is my first [career fair] ever. Everybody seems to be very inviting, it’s overwhelming but it’s not scary.”

Unlike most employers who require just a degree with some optional experience, one of the employers present was the FBI who require the applicants first to have three years of job experience before applying for the bureau.

“We’ve seen a lot of people who are definitely interested in the Bureau,” said Andrea Blalock, an internal auditor with the FBI. “The qualifications to be an agent require that you have to have three years of job experience after your degree, so for some of the candidates it will be difficult when they come straight out of college but some of the alumni and some of the students already have that job experience, military service counts, so they absolutely qualify.”

For students who missed it this year, Career Fair will be held once again next year in the fall. For more information on Career Fair, visit Southeastern’s Career Services website at http://www.selu.edu/admin/career_srv/ or call them at 985-549-2121.

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