Making an Impression at AUM’s Career Fair

By Lisa Ranieri

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AUM’s Career Development Center hosted its Career Job Fair in the Taylor Center on Thursday where 27 employers attended.

Even Curtiss, AUM's mascot, is interested in career choices.

Even Curtiss, AUM’s mascot, is interested in career choices.

For some AUM students, it’s almost time to graduate and find a job to begin a career. Others are scoping out a future job and networking with future employers.

Within the first 30 minutes of the career fair opening to students, there were 100 to 115 students talking and networking with these companies. This shows that students are thinking about their career and are taking charge. As students, we want to meet our “dream jobs” or continue to have opportunities that help us reach our goals not only for our college career but for our future.

Keith Cullen, Associate Director of the Career Development Center, says, “Relationships you build between candidates and employers is how you find a job … The real key is to building rapport. The Career Fair is how you can do that.” He explains that the “job market is still depressed and students have to work harder, longer, and faster … It’s not an employer’s market but a job seekers market.”

20130926_105610I spoke with two professionals about what they are looking for from AUM students.

Tom Case, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), was at the Career Fair and is looking for quality candidates. There are many Business students that are graduating this upcoming spring of 2014 that the FDIC is looking for. He assured me working at the FDIC is a “stable work environment.”

Montgomery Police Department (MPD) was there as well. They are always accepting applications. A range of students, from freshmen beginning college to seniors about to graduate, can always apply. Corporal Fike, MPD officer, stated “It’s a never ending cycle. People retire … there are always open applications.”

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