Career Fair brings students face to face with potential employers

KSU senior marketing student Talia Mejia (right) speaks with recruiter Charles Redd of The Hershey Co.

Photo credit: Anthony Stalcup Blustery winds that messed up their hair and unseasonably cold early…

Georgia (Mar 26, 2014)

Photo credit: Anthony Stalcup

Blustery winds that messed up their hair and unseasonably cold early spring weather didn’t deter nearly 800 students from meeting this week with 120 recruiters during the Spring 2014 Career Fair at the Kennesaw State Convocation Center.

Recruiters representing such well-known companies as Hershey, Home Depot, AT&T and CarMax were joined by dozens of smaller organizations like Coyote Logistics, Resolution Technologies and Fresenius, a German-based provider of dialysis services and products. 

“The turnout has been wonderful again, and our students are able to find so many viable opportunities for full-time and part-time work, as well as co-ops and internships,” said Lori Trahan, associate director of the Career Services Center.

Meagan Landress, a junior finance major from Lawrenceville, served as a Career Fair volunteer during the first half of the four-hour event, then launched into meetings with recruiters.

“I’ve heard so many positive things about Hershey’s and the way they train their people for management, so I decided to meet the recruiters,” she said.

The lead Hershey recruiter, Charles Redd, said the company has had good experience hiring Kennesaw State students.

“We look for business-minded students with relevant experience and with a passion for selling and strong leadership skills,” he said. “We’re looking for the person who knows what they want and sells us on hiring them."

Natasha Widmer, a junior from Kennesaw, is majoring in management with a minor in marketing and expects to graduate next year.

“We have lots and lots to choose from, so I’m trying to take it all in and then go back to the companies I’m really interested in,” Widmer said.

Army veteran Sean O’Dowd, a senior working towards his CPA, was an accomplished air traffic controller in Wiesbaden, Germany, handling VIP flights for NATO.

“I’m looking for internships right now, and this is definitely encouraging,” O’Dowd said.

Fresenius Medical Services recruiter Kylee Cameron saw lots of traffic since her booth was positioned next to the registration table.

“This is my fifth career fair here, and I’m always impressed with the quality of the students,” Cameron said. “We typically look for nurses, but also for finance and accounting majors to handle the needs of our growing industry.”

In addition to current KSU students and more than a dozen Southern Polytechnic State University students, the fair also attracted alumni like KSU Joseph Pelham, MBA 2006, from Powder Springs.

“I’m currently working in a contract position, and I’m looking for a project manager position. There is a good mix of companies here,” he said. “I was a biology major when I graduated from Morehouse College, but I found business more to my liking. I’m Six Sigma Certified, and I’m optimistic things are definitely picking up in the economy.”

-- By Robert S. Godlewski


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