Hundreds of students and alumni visit Kennesaw State’s Career Fair

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The prospect of a landing a job or an internship attracted more than 600 students to Kennesaw State’s Career Services Center Fall Career Fair in early October.

MBA graduate Megumi Shimamura found the mix of companies to her liking, as did Marlon Romious. He and fellow international business major Chase Maire hoped to identify employers with management training programs with an international component.

“It seems like there are more companies here this time,” said Allen Norris, a senior. “But the lines to see the recruiters were shorter. It’s better holding the event here at the Convocation Center than at the student center. There’s lots more room here.”

Despite a tepid economy, more than 85 companies and nonprofit organizations set up recruitment booths at the event held at the KSU Convocation Center.

Good job prospects remain in sales and marketing functions, along with anything in the IT and information security fields.  

Ahmed Rahman, a sophomore with an undeclared major, was looking for a part-time job while he continues his studies. “Maybe something in sales and marketing. I was able to set up an interview with one of the companies for next week, so I’m hopeful.”

Timi Wyman, a senior management major, said she was impressed with the range of companies recruiting. “I’ve spoken with people from ThyssenKrupp to RaceTrac about full-time positions. They’re very encouraging.”

“We had a number of logistics firms here, as well as the CDC, IBM and NCR along with the Georgia Aquarium and Enterprise Leasing,” said Lori Trahan, associate director of career services. “These organizations love to hire Kennesaw State students and alumni because they know our students are smart and hard working.”

Accounting major Amy Oyler said the fair was well organized and made it easy for her to meet with many representatives. “I came prepared, having done my research on the companies I was interested in. There was also a lot of information at the booths here, as well.”

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