It was held in the Madison East commons area with the theme of “networking around the world” and student participants were given “passports” to be stamped by each employer and enjoy delicious food from various countries.
The goal was to sharpen students’ networking skills, interact with area businesses, and possibly find a job in their career field. How successful was the event? One of the best yet!
The career fair was focused on the accounting, business, IT and paralegal programs, but all students of all fields of study were in attendance. In fact, criminal justice student A.J. Blimling said: “I handed out three resumes to jobs of interest not in my field. Everyone needs a plan B, and you can never meet too many professionals. When networking, all interactions are positive and important.”
The employers that attended were:
- Associated Bank
- Baker Tilly
- Farmers Insurance
- Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
- Kelly Services
- Legal Shield
- Liberty Mutual Insurance
- QPS Employment
- Quality Cellular
- Robert Half Technology
- Summit Credit Union
- Sun Tan City
- West Corporation
“The event was very successful and students seemed to make some great connections,” said Natalie Busse, Career Services coordinator and community manager of Madison West. “Targeting specific programs for each career fair has proven to be successful and it seems to be the most beneficial for students and employers alike. In fact, I have already received calls asking about the spring career fair!”
So, why is it important to network?
“You never know who you might connect with during a networking event or what opportunities they will be able to share with you,” said Elizabeth Disch, director of Career Services at Madison East.
She also said it’s true that 80 percent of the jobs available at any given time are never posted anywhere. Consistent networking is the best way to gain access to these opportunities.
Students, be on the lookout for our spring job fair for more networking and job opportunities!
If you happened to miss the latest career fair, make an appointment with your Career Services team and see what other networking events are happening in your area.