Olivia Alvord, Staff Writer
On Tuesday, March 6, the Career Center hosted the Halfway There Fair event in the Trautman Student Union Building (TUB), providing sophomores with awesome resources and SMU swag. In the next few weeks, the Career Center is also hosting the Government Recruiting Event and the Career and Internship Fair.
The Federal Government Recruiting Event will take place in the Harned Hall lounge area by Monk’s Bean, on Wednesday, April 11. This is a great opportunity to meet with Major General Harry E. Miller Jr., and representatives from the Defense Intelligence Agency for an information session about jobs available after graduation. The information session and panel discussion will happen from 2:30-4:00 p.m. and the recruitment fair for internships and entry level jobs will follow, concluding at 5:30 p.m.
The Annual Career and Internship Fair will be held from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 in the Marcus Pavilion. This year’s attendees will include 96.9 KAYO & 95.3 KGY, Bethel and Clover Park School District, American Family Insurance, Harlequin Productions, Edward Jones, The Evergreen State College and its Master’s in Teaching program, the Institute for Family Development, and the Korean Women’s Association.
Ann Adams, the Director of Career Development, gave a statement on the Career Center and her hopes for it, “It is the hope of the Career Center staff, myself, and Alyssa Nastasi, that each and every Saint Martin’s student has a plan for how to successfully translate their education to a rewarding career. We work with students from their first year at SMU through their senior year and as alumni. We have identified the important steps of assessing interests, choosing a major, completing an internship or related work experience, and developing a professional network to be critical to the success of launching a career after graduation. These steps are part of Saints Have A Plan and we provide incentives to completing the steps. We currently hold four career fairs each year and an etiquette dinner, all providing the opportunities for students to meet representatives from local organizations and alumni.”
As Adams mentioned, the Career Center offers a variety of major fairs in the fall. Although they have already taken place this school year, they are something to look forward to this upcoming fall semester. These include the STEM Major Fair, the Business Major Fair, and the Careers for the Common Good Fair. These are all offered from 12:30-3:00 p.m., in the Norman Worthington Conference Center, so be on the lookout for the dates and mark your calendars.
The semiannual Etiquette Dinner is also a very popular event for students. Etiquette Consultant Arden Clise walks through the basic stages of dinner etiquette, providing students with the opportunity to follow along and pick up valuable skills. Because it is so popular, spots fill up quickly, so watch for updates, and make sure to register early. This event requires a $5 reservation fee to secure your place, but it is given back to you once you arrive.
The Career Center also offers a variety of ongoing events throughout the year. These events include an interactive LinkedIn training, resume and interview workshops, alumni and employer panels and workshops, and major and career exploration panels. For more information on these events, make sure to check out the Career Center’s page on the school website, or stop by the office for assistance. The office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00p.m.
Saints Have A Plan is a map to success for every Saint. Every year, students do a few tasks that help set up their success after graduation. Each year that students complete the steps, they earn a free Saints Have A Plan t-shirt and are entered into a raffle that will be drawn at the end of the year. The process is simple, and everything you do is a helping hand for your future. Search the school website for more information on the specific steps for each class level.
Saints4Hire is a website where positions are posted for on and off campus jobs. Here you can create a profile that is personalized to you so that employers will know a little bit about you when you apply. The website is easy to use and expands your career horizons.