by Analisa Novak
Four hundred students and 74 employers gathered at Central Connecticut last week for the Center for Advising and Career Exploration (CACE) Spring Career Fair. CACE is actively involved in helping students with any career or employment needs.
“We’ve been doing career fairs for as long as we’ve been around. The idea is to set up events where we can make connections between employers and students who are looking for full-time opportunities or internships. It’s just another avenue besides job postings so students can find something,” said Ken Poppy, director of CACE
The Spring Career Fair was an open event that encouraged all students to come out, no matter what year they were in.
“We invite freshman to attend the career fair. Even if they aren’t looking for any jobs or careers yet we encourage all students to come in to understand what it’s like, how to work the room and how to talk to these company representatives. This helps when it comes time that students are looking for something seriously, its not intimidating and you are ready to go,” said Poppy.
The long awaited event concluded of a month-long variety of CACE events made to prepare for the career fair. These events included resume workshops and “Things They Didn’t Tell You About Your First Internship.”
The 74 employers were not just local companies, but a variety from all areas of the state with all different backgrounds of expertise ranging from sales, accounting, social services and health. Many of the employers actively peruse CCSU graduates such as Webster Bank, Comcast and Home Depot.
“We definitely have a long history of hiring within Central, both within our Travelers edge programs and being able to see them into a career of insurance, more in specific with Travelers. We have a big purpose of being here to hire newly graduate college students,” said Christopher Marcinkewicz of Travelers Insurance.
Most of the over 400 students dressed in business casual clothing had a resume in hand as they lined up in the Student Center waiting to get inside Alumni Hall.
“I think events like this open a lot of doors for people to get one-on-one with potential employers. Usually we don’t know where to go when we graduate or about to graduate, so this helps you put your foot in the door and meet new people,” said junior Merissa Delbuono.
Some benefited from local employers looking to fill summer positions.
“We are here to tell people that we are hiring for our seasonal positions, the positions include cashier, garden, overnight stock and crew. It’s important to come to career fairs to show our face to let students know we are hiring not just seasonal positions, but permanent positions as well,” said Yvonne Leclaire of the West Hartford Home Depot.
While there was a huge employer turn out, some students felt there could have been a wider variety. But even with the lack of variety, students with different majors still found a way to benefit from the career fair.
“I’m a physical education major, so it didn’t have a lot to offer in that aspect but as far as summer jobs go, I did have two new leads in a construction field which I didn’t think I would run into originally when I came here, so hopefully that works out for me,” said CCSU student Zach Toro.
For any student with questions about job searching or want their resume reviewed, CACE is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in Willard Hall, room 103.