It’s the very first week of the fall 2014 semester at Stevenson University, and the campus is buzzing with activity. The Welcome Picnic, a perennial hit among incoming Mustangs, is a great chance for new students to connect with leadership and members from a variety of clubs, student groups, and departments of the University. The Office of Career Services always has a presence at this event, sharing information about all of the upcoming career events and programming, but this year, for the first time, we invited recruiters from local employers to join us and engage students directly about some great part-time employment opportunities.
Everyone knows that Stevenson Mustangs are some of the hardest working, most career-minded students around, and area recruiters from T. Rowe Price, The Maryland Zoo, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and The Black Olive showed up hoping to leave with some promising candidates for their positions. In addition to attracting these well-known organizations, we also looked a little “closer to home” to invite neighbors; Noodles & Co., Stone’s Cove Kitbar, and The Shafer Center. Instructors from Reisterstown’s No Limits Training Gym wowed onlookers with demonstrations of mixed martial arts sparring, while sourcing applicants for administrative/clerical as well as instructor positions. Other partners for this event included: The Y of Central Maryland, Fastenal, Towne Park, Alethas Institute, Zeffert and Gold Catering, The Classic Catering People, Fun Photos 4 U, Squisito, SECU, and the Stevenson University Student Employment Office.
On average, employers talked to about 20 prospective applicants a piece, and most came away hopeful about interviewing and/or hiring a student they had connected with. Many recruiters in attendance were especially pleased to be included in the Welcome Back picnic festivities, which also offered them a chance to see what student groups and clubs are active on campus.