By Steven Krolak
(NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Students looking for an easy way to connect with employers are in luck.
Thanks to the Center for Career Development (CDC), students can stop by the Game Room Table in University Center South during the lunch hour for one-on-one meetings with representatives of local businesses.
This is a good chance for students to talk directly with recruiters about their companies’ needs and opportunities, to find out about local part-time, full-time and internship opportunities in a wide variety of fields, and potentially even to be hired into positions that align with their major and career goals.
The one-on-one meetings can be informal, and very low pressure, which distinguishes them from job fairs or speed networking events.
“At a job fair, there’s often a big crowd, a high number of employers to talk with, and at times that can be overwhelming,” said Amber Arnold,
career coach and employer liaison for the School of Business and School of Education. “Here, students can take their time and ask the questions that are most important to them.”
At the same time, students actively seeking employment are welcome to dress for an interview, put on a game face and bring a resume. Either way, the event is a win.
“It’s important to remember that these conversations with employers are vital to building relationships,” Arnold said. “Even if students aren’t looking for a position this month or this year, you can bet the recruiter will remember them when they are ready to apply, if they’ve taken the initiative and put the effort in beforehand.”
When: Every Tuesday and Wednesday through April 16, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Where: University Center South, Game Room Table (across from campus bookstore)
Participating employers during January and February are as follows:
Tuesday, 1/22: PhysAssist
Tuesday, 1/29: U.S. Census Bureau
Tuesday, 2/5: Mainstream Fiber Networks
Wednesday, 2/6: Kroger Company
Tuesday, 2/12: PhysAssist
Wednesday, 2/13: Kelly Services
Tuesday, 2/19: U.S. Census Bureau
Wednesday, 2/20: U.S. Census Bureau
The sessions continue through Tuesday, 4/16, with further employers to be announced on the CDC website.
“One of the best ways to learn about different positions is by talking to professionals and learning more about what they do and how to get started,” Arnold said.