Director of Career Services Melissa Simon reported a turnout of more than 70 students. Melissa also shared the fair’s purpose.
“We put together the networking job fair as an opportunity to showcase businesses and give them an opportunity to communicate any open or future positions to our students,” Melissa said. “For students, it was an opportunity for them to network and learn more about their field of study. It was also an opportunity for students to learn about any current related job openings that they could apply for while also attending school.”
She added, “The fair was fantastic. The employers were really impressed with the quality of our students, we saw students filling out applications, heard students talk about several opportunities and how they were going to set up interviews to learn more about positions. Overall, I think it was well attended fair.”
Employers who came included:
- Coventry Village
- Dane County Sheriff’s Office
- Indulge Spa
- Middleton Police Department
- Peaks Performance Massage
- Robert Half International
- Sacred Rhythms
- TEK systems
- Veterinary Emergency Services
Students who attended reflected positively on their experience.“I thought it was excellent. There were many different fields represented today. They all offered great opportunities. My advice, keep an open mind, it may not seem directly related to you at the time, but every job has skills that are good to learn.” –Ryan Olstad, student in the veterinary technology program.
“If you are looking for a place to start networking, this is a great place to start.” –Carlos Spinelli, graduate in the business administration program.
“I thought the fair was very helpful. There were a lot of different companies that I visited to see about available positions. I think that having the career fair on campus is very helpful because there are some students who don’t know where to start.” -Cheri Lane, student in medical assistant program.
“It was awesome. I have two different ideas of where I want to do my externship next quarter. I learned there are a lot of different ways to go about doing different things in massage. I can go work in a spa or go work as an independent contractor too.” -Wendelin Darden, student in the massage therapy program.
Employers who had a booth shared their thoughts on the fair and how students did.
“It has been a good experience. I’ve been able to talk to a majority of students who attended. They’ve been very willing to talk and hear about what our business. We do staff-to-temp and temp-to-hire jobs which work well for students. It’s been a nice opportunity to talk about that as that may not have been an option in the past. Students did well with communicating with me their experience, their program and what they are looking for. I have about 15 or 20 names of people I plan to follow up with. ”- Mary Kauffman, human resources assistant at Spherion.
“It was very well attended and students did very well. They had very applicable questions and spoke professionally about their beliefs and if they agreed or disagreed on some of the work we do. There was a genuine interest with some students to apply for our openings at some point in the future.”- Peter Kong, manager of animal operations at Covance.
The next Globe University-Madison networking/job fair will take place sometime this spring and will be hosted by the Madison East campus.