Career Fair brings students together with employers

KSU Convocation Center brimming with activity   A new Porsche parked in the rain in front of…

Georgia (Oct 15, 2014)

KSU Convocation Center brimming with activity


A new Porsche parked in the rain in front of the KSU Convocation Center signaled to students that one prospective employer offered some interesting perks, in addition to competitive salaries and healthcare benefits.

“Porsche Cars North America recruiters wanted to be sure students knew they were here today,” said Lori Trahan, associate director of Career Services at Kennesaw State University. “They asked if they could park one of their cars out front, and we said ‘sure.’ It helps remind students about the quality of the different organizations we attract to the Career Fair.”

General Motors also had recruiters in attendance at the Fall 2014 Career Fair on Oct. 14, along with those from Enterprise Rent-A-Car, CarMax and Carl Black Automotive Group. While UPS and Ryder Transportation rounded out the transportation theme, there were more than 100 other organizations present – ranging from those hiring for software developers like Bluetube, NueMD and NCR Corporation, to those needing to fill management ranks like Sodexo, Acorn Management Partners and Berkshire Communities.

“I like that there is a very diverse group of companies represented here today,” said senior management major Geoff Peplau. “You’ve got a wide range of firms here, from Porsche to AT&T to Waffle House.”

Ashley Schomburg, a senior majoring in theatre and performance studies, expects to graduate in December and hopes to line up a job before then.

“My studies have prepared me with the one-on-one and large-group communications skills that can be of benefit to lots of companies,” Schomburg said. “I don’t necessarily need to find a job in a theater company.”

Mureese Hodge is studying for his master’s degree in applied statistics, which could open doors in many industries.

“I could be an actuary or do quantitative analysis, so I could become a business analyst with a firm,” Hodge said. “Plus, I have an undergraduate degree in finance, so I could work in banking, for example.”

Severe weather at the start of the fair didn’t dampen students’ enthusiasm. In addition to the almost 900 KSU students and alumni, more than two dozen Southern Polytechnic State University students attended.

– By Robert S. Godlewski

– Photo Credit: Anthony Stalcup 

Kennesaw State University Career Services

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