The thought of graduating from Western is enough to make even the most avid Griffon-lover smile. The one thing that makes that smile fade is thinking of getting a job.
Where to start is often the hardest part of the job search. After that, putting together a resumÃ© and going through the application and interview processes are easy.
On Oct. 18, in the Fulkerson Center, Western made the job hunt for some students and alum a little easier by holding a career fair.
From Business Blvd. to Advantage Ave., the array of employers at the career fair ranged from local employers: Heartland and the St. Joseph Police Department, to national employers: Kohls, J.P. Morgan, Disney, Harley-Davison and Blacken Veatch.
As students weaved through the booths on Business Blvd. they could visit booths from a vast number of employers waiting to hire or give information about available positions.
Senior Kenneth Cheadle said that he enjoyed the Career Fair.
â€œ[I came] to get more job opportunities,â€ Cheadle said. â€œAnd Iâ€™m having fun.â€
Western alum and Enterprise employee Diamikia White spoke about her experience with the Career Fair.
â€œThis is fun,â€ White said. â€œThis is my third or fourth time doing a career fair. Itâ€™s fun to see people come back that I graduated with. Itâ€™s kinda like a reunion.â€
White also said it was a chance for her to see the competition up close and in person.
The general consensus of the employers and recruiters was that the career fair was successful and a good time.
â€œ[The Career Fair] is great to have out here at the school,â€ said Jean Rush, of Heartlandâ€™s human resource department.
Other vendors enjoyed the Career Fair as well. One in particular had a request for students attending future Career Fairs.
â€œWe would like to see students come with more resumes,â€ Sarah Carter said.
Business major, Jill Henderson was looking for a job in financial services. She agrees with Rush that the Career Fair went well and was good for students. She also mentioned that she got much more information than just what kinds of jobs she wanted to apply for.
â€œ[I got] more of an idea of where I can relocate to,â€ Henderson said.
Henderson also spoke about the recruiters.
â€œThey are very helpful at explaining what jobs are open and available,â€ Henderson said.
Jeff Wilson, director of student employment, has organized the event for several years and this year he was pleased with the Career Fair. He also said that there was room to improve.
â€œWe could always use more students,â€ Wilson said. â€œIâ€™d like to see no fewer than 20 percent the overall student population attend.â€