Westminster College to Host Global Organizations at Career Fair

Students attending the 2016 Westminster Career Fair. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEG LANGLAND. 

BY BRITTANY MORRIS
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR 

Westminster College will have its annual career fair on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Mueller Student Center.

Students will be presented with opportunities from various local, regional and global organizations. A host of employers and representatives from graduate schools and study abroad programs will be available to meet with those interested in off-campus opportunities, internships and part-time or full-time jobs.

Professional attire is required for those who wish to meet with employers. Snacks will be available, and a special gift card will be awarded to students who meet with a representative from at least 10 organizations.

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Career Center for Development Director Meg Langland says it is important to be interactive with the representatives.

“Students should be prepared to give a brief elevator speech: their major, related experience and what type of position they are seeking,” she said. “Generally, the recruiter will take the lead in the conversation; however, it is wise to be prepared to provide some basic information about yourself.”

Langland also notes that this event can be particularly helpful to students who are unsure of their future.

“There really is no substitute for speaking with someone who actually works in the field,” she said. “The representatives know what employers or graduate programs are looking for, and they’re eager to talk with students and answer any questions they may have.”

According to Langland, there will be more part-time positions, where students can work or intern during the summer while in school, represented this year. However, professional programs, including the University of Missouri School of Medicine, University of Tulsa Law School, U.S. Army Medical Recruiting Center and the Olin School of Business at Washington University, will still be present.

In addition, students will find that many new organizations are joining the fair this year. These include Brookstone, Fulton State Hospital, MFA Oil Company and the Office of State Courts Administrator. Also joining for the first time are Webster University, American University’s Washington Semester Program and the American Institute of Foreign Study for those interested in traveling abroad.

Among the returning employers are Commerce Bank, Edward Jones, the Peace Corps and Aldi.  

Senior Karley Long says that it is crucial to act professionally during the career fair.

“My outfit wasn’t wrinkled, my hair was out of my face, and I didn’t have my cell phone in my hand as I walked around the Career Fair,” Long said of last year’s career fair.

These strategies seemed to have worked for Long, who says she received helpful information from an Aldi representative regarding the company’s interview process. Long then interned with Aldi this past summer and now holds the position of student ambassador intern for Westminster.

To view the organizations currently registered for the career fair, click here.

 

 

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