More than a thousand students and alumni visit Kennesaw State’s Fall 2013 Career Fair
The largest gathering of recruiters – 110 – ever to visit the Kennesaw State campus gathered in the Convocation Center during Founders Week, and they were greeted by the largest throng of students – slightly more than a thousand.
“The final headcount on students and alumni was 1,012,” said Lori L. Trahan, associate director of the Career Services Center. “It was by far the largest attendance ever for a career fair at KSU.”
In the past the event was held in the University Rooms of the Carmichael Student Center, but adequate space was a consideration when the event moved last year to the Convocation Center.
“With this fair, we have maxed out the number of employers that can fit in the Convocation Center,” Trahan said. “Unfortunately, no other space on campus is suitable for the event, so as long as that is the case, the event will max out at 116 employers. We have plenty of space for student attendance to continue to increase, which we definitely want to see happen.”
MSIS major John White said he made some good contacts with recruiters. “I felt there was a pretty diverse group there. From retail to tech to media, there probably weren't many majors that couldn't find something to be interested in.”
Although he was not considering an internship, White said he spoke with recruiters from The Home Depot’s IT group.
“We discussed their internship program, which is what they were recruiting for. Home Depot is one of the companies – from an IT perspective – I would dearly love to get into,” White said. “Their rep had me sold on the internship before I left his table because that looks like the best route to get in the door of one of the best companies to work for in Atlanta.”
Evan Stalcup, a management major, also said he had a good experience at the event. "I received three interviews from the Career Fair alone. It allows you to gauge how much employees want you, and it gives me an idea if I can bring value to a company. It also tells me that the job market might not be as bad people make it sound. Employers are still hiring graduates, and it's a good sign of a positive economy."
Trahan and her colleagues said candidates with technology degrees are really hot right now, as are candidates interested in sales positions. Nursing continues to trend steady, along with positions for accounting and business majors.
-- Robert S. Godlewski