The Brookhaven College 2013 Fall Career Fair held Sept. 26 attracted hundreds of students and members of the community armed with confident smiles, firm handshakes and carefully drafted résumés. The semi-annual event offers job seekers an opportunity to break out of the Internet job search routine for some real face time with recruiters and hiring managers.
For student Mario Lopez, the BHC Career Fair was truly a win-win. In addition to gaining exposure with potential employers, he snagged a $300 scholarship to further his goal of obtaining a degree in mechanical engineering.
“When I got the call saying I had won the scholarship, I was speechless,” he said, adding that this was the first career fair he has attended. “It was nice to go around and get to talk to people and ask questions about the jobs that interested me.”
Lopez is the 10th BHC Career Development Center scholarship winner. Scholarships are funded by employers who attend the fairs. He is currently a Brookhaven College student and plans to finish his basics at BHC before transferring to a four year institution.
Thanks to the combined efforts of BHC students and staff, the fall 2013 event marked another great success for Brookhaven College Career Development Center. Fifty employers were on hand to recruit for full- and part-time positions. Students turned out in force to showcase their skills and talents for prospective employers.
Annette Wilson, director of the Career Development Center, said approximately 300 job seekers attended the career fair sponsored by Research America.
“The employers were thrilled and felt as though more job seekers than ever came through,” Wilson said.
Planning has already begun for the BHC Spring Career Fair scheduled for April 2014.
“We look forward to a terrific spring fair as well,” Wilson said. “Just like the fall fair, all community members as well as students will be invited.”