Saint Mary’s Career Fair a success

— By Allison Christensen,

Editor-In-Chief —

 

The second annual Saint Mary’s Career Fair brought 45 vendors to the Saint Mary’s Gym on Oct. 15. About 165 Saint Mary’s students and alumni visited the fair to network with employers and to learn about volunteer opportunities and graduate schools.

“The career fair gave me a general idea of what’s in the area surrounding me,” said senior Rachel Delgado. “The booth conversations were relaxed and informal. They were pitching to me more than me to them.”

The vendors were impressed by the students’ preparedness and professionalism, according to Michael Hagarty, director of Career Services and Internships. Eleven of the vendors were Saint Mary’s alumni, including Joe Budin, the 2015 Outstanding Senior Male, representing IBM.

 

Joe Budin '15 and senior Clare Siska

Joe Budin ’15 and senior Clare Siska
Photo by Michael Hagarty

Vendors and students alike expressed a great deal of interest in internships. Hormel conducted four interviews with students the day after the fair. Many upperclassmen appreciated the increase in graduate school vendors this year.

Hagarty emphasizes that the career fair is beneficial for students from all grade levels and majors. Freshmen can gain experience interacting with professionals in their field and make contacts, sophomores and juniors can look for internships, and seniors can find full-time jobs. Students who attend the career fair every year will be more comfortable in that environment by the time they are seniors and will be more likely to secure a job or interview, according to Hagarty.

 

Students attending the career fair

165 students and alumni attended the career fair on Oct. 15
Photo by Michael Hagarty

“I think the career fair helped me open my eyes to all the different volunteer opportunities after my undergraduate studies. It pulled me in that direction and encouraged me to take some time off before going to graduate school,” said senior Leanne Cleveland.

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