Career Fair offers countless opportunities

Looking for a job or internship, or just interested in getting experience talking with recruiters and future employers? Look no further than Castleton’s Annual Spring Career Fair.

Held in Glenbrook Gymnasium on campus once again, the career fair will take place on March 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Recruiters love coming here,” said Director of Career Services Renee Beaupre White. “They feel very welcomed and they love our university.”

At the moment there are about 50 organizations scheduled to attend, all with open positions and recruiters eager to talk with students, Beaupre White said.

 Hiring companies include Liberty Mutual, Midway Oil Corporation, Porter Medical Center, the Vermont Country Store, VNA of Chittenden and Grande Isle Counties, Windham Southeast Supervisory Union, YMCA Camp Chingachgook, Sherwin Williams, Umiak Outdoor Outfitters and many more.

There will also be several alumni representatives in attendance, according to Beaupre White

Along with the companies looking for employees, there are also organizations offering internships, graduate schools and volunteer service opportunities such as Peace Corps, Americorps and City Year.

“All students are welcomed and encouraged to come; it’s not just for juniors and seniors,” said Beaupre White. “Come with resumes. It’s a great opportunity to network and get comfortable talking with recruiters.”

Junior Marissa Langley, a Career Services Intern working solely on the career fair at the moment, has attended the event for the past two years and knows how beneficial it can be for younger students.

“The most important thing for underclassmen is the networking and learning to speak with recruiters,” she said.  “There are so many different tables that I stopped at that I never thought had anything to do with what I want to do… but when I stopped to talk  with them, they offer a lot of internships for business majors.”

Langley is also a great example of how internships help students become more comfortable doing day-to-day business tasks.

“I’ve gotten way more confident corresponding with people I don’t really know, because I’m sending emails back and forth ordering mugs and those things,” she said.

Langley and Beaupre White also emphasized the importance of gaining confidence speaking with potential employers because verbal communication is the number one skill employers look for.

New this year, students can go on the career services portion of the Castleton website to find out which companies are attending and see which ones are hiring students in their majors before they even get to the fair. Companies can RSVP until March 11, so that feature won’t be up until about a week before the event, Beaupre White said.

All students should stop by the fair for professional Linked-In photos, door prizes, massages courtesy of the Athletic Training Department, and popcorn from the Alumni Association.

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