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The Office of Career Services hosted a very successful Part-Time Jobs Fair on August 31 in the Rockland Banquet room. This was an opportunity for Stevenson University students to speak with employers about potential part-time employment on and off campus.

There were more than 40 employers at the fair that devoted time to speak with students about all the countless possibilities that are available at their organizations. Some of these companies included Chick-Fil-A, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, Strategic Factory, United Parcel Service, Wegmans, and tons more.

One of the biggest contributors to this fair was Stevenson University. Several departments at our university were looking to hire part-time employees. These included Academic Integrity, Academic Link, Dining Services, Financial Aid, Library, Nursing, and even the President’s Office. Many of these jobs can be applied for online including some positions from Career Services for Peer Advisors and a Design Assistant.

What made this fair so successful is the one-on-one interactions that students got to have with the employers in an engaging environment. However, the numerous goodies and swag were a great perk. Everything from Cake Pops and bags of artisanal popcorn to drumstick shaped pens and specialty spatulas were given out to our students.

Be sure to stop by the Office of Career Services to get your resume reviewed and speak to career professionals to prepare for our next event! Schedule an appointment on Handshake or stop by Walk-In hours on Monday-Friday: 1-3p.m and Wednesday: 5-7p.m.

This blog post was originally featured in the Eastern Associaction of Colleges and Employers blog, May 2014

The long-standing institution of the Career Fair held on college campuses several times a year --- is it still viable in its traditional form?  How many times have you heard students say, “There is no organization here for my major”?  And the jury seems to be out on virtual career fairs, depending upon the audience and who is doing the hiring. We do know that career fairs serve employers well as a venue for organizational branding and a source of candidate volume. We also recognize that they serve as a source of revenue for college career centers that may rely on this income for operational costs. 

Where is the happy medium and how can we measure effectiveness? No doubt, there is no substitution for face to face networking and engaging conversations in a format that is not intimidating to the candidate. Professionals in the field have talked about career fairs possibly going away, but we have not actually seen a decrease in their numbers. Universities still host them, and employers keep coming. 

Perhaps we may ask the question of how they can better serve both students and employers in terms of actual hires. This is a relevant measure of effectiveness since universities are measuring this outcome and businesses measure for return on investment.  In surveys to employers, primarily distributed through professional organizations, there tends to be a preference for the customized, boutique networking event that target a specific audience. Students also feel that there is a networking event especially designed for them which may yield better attendance. Several of these boutique events strategically planned throughout the academic calendar, in collaboration with academic departments, may also yield the same number of employers overall per year with better outcomes for all constituents. 

Consider also including an engaging keynote speaker to kick off the event that will talk on a current topic of interest relevant to the targeted industry. This approach may also help with academic buy-in to encourage students to attend, and maybe even cost sharing. Another consideration is the actual set-up of the event. Although organizational booths may be convenient and assist with branding, brainstorm a layout and venue that would allow for more in-depth conversations between candidates and employers.  This type of dialogue may create a situation that is more memorable, for both parties. 

After doing a cost-benefit analysis and analyzing the hiring outcomes of the large, general career fairs vs. customized, boutique networking events you can decide for yourself the future of career fairs that will benefit your institution, as well as your employers.

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14:1 Ratio

With a student-to faculty ratio of 14:1, Stevenson students receive exceptional, individualized, and career-focused attention.

226 Connections

4,854 jobs were advertised in 2014-2015 and 226 unique organizations visited Stevenson to connect with students.

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More than 90 percent of SU students receive financial assistance through scholarships, work-study, grants, and loans as they embark on the first stage of achieving career success.

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