Fair opens doors for Western’s highly qualified students
The 18th annual Career Fair was held
at the O’Neill Center on April 10 on the Westside Campus. Sixty-one
employers from the region were visited by more than 500 students and
alumni who had the chance to practice professionalism and learn
about opportunities within the workforce.
For years the career fair, hosted by the
university’s Career Development Center (CDC), has offered students
the opportunity to practice their communication skills and the
fundamentals of the job application process. Students are able to
network with new companies with whom they may not be familiar and
more well-known companies. Many booths are overseen by WCSU alumni
who work for the companies, which provides another unique networking
experience for our students.
Career Fair was a huge benefit for me because it allowed me to start
thinking about the opportunities after graduation and be able to get
my name and resume out to so many different companies,”
graduating senior Meghan Maroney said.
Non-profits, government agencies and corporate
businesses were represented at the Career Fair. Among them were
Apple Retail, AmeriCorps and PeaceCorps, Federal Bureau of
Investigation, Ethan Allen Global, IBM Finance, NBC Universal’s
Stamford Media Center, and the Connecticut State Police.
“We want to provide our students with premiere
organizations that are looking for employees with a wide range of
skills," CDC director Maureen Gernert said. “In the career world,
jobs are not always posted or offered by degree, and this gives
students exposure with a range of possibilities.”
The Career Fair is successful because of the
professional relationships the CDC office has established and
because employers seek students from Western as employees.
“What sets our students apart from other
universities is that they have a wide range of experience and
maturity,” Gernert said. “Our students are multi-task oriented,
organized and have realistic views on the work world. The fact that
so many of them are able to work, be a full-time student and
sometimes even be a campus leader or community service volunteer is
The CDC, in preparation for the Career Fair,
hosted several workshops on how to prepare a resume, what to wear to
an interview, how to create a LinkedIn profile, and how to interview
successfully. The sessions allowed students to jump- start the
“We do these workshops in advance so that
students are empowered. We want them to be confident with themselves
so that when they go out into the workforce they know what to
expect,” Gernert said.
Additionally, through-out the year, the
center’s staff work with students to find internships, participate
in cooperative learning experiences and find jobs. They cater to
WCSU’s diverse population, who arrive at all levels of expertise and
from different walks of life.
“I want students that utilize our office and go
to the Career Fair to realize that the possibilities are endless
when you have the skills and motivation to put yourself out there,”
Gernert said. “We will continue to offer tools and help to develop
skills so that our students can turn potential into success, and
remain in high demand with employers.”