Career Fair brings in Western students

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After months of reconstructing its office, the Career Development Center kicked off the annual career fair on Thursday, Jan. 29.

With light refreshments being served, many students went to view a glimpse of what their future may hold.

Over 70 employers were in attendance ready to speak to ambitious job-seeking students.

The fair was held in the W.T. Kemper room located in the Fulkerson Center. The annual fair not only helps students to interact with employers, but also helps them learn what different careers are available within their field of study.

Kay-lynne Taylor, director of the Career Development Center, felt overjoyed and enthusiastic because of the success of the fair.

“We really want to make sure that students are getting access to employers,” Taylor said.

The goal of the Career Development Center is to help, educate and empower students to continue developing into hard workers in their choice of careers.

Miu Sutton and Heidi Windsor, student assistants, both believe that the career fair helps students make long-term decisions about their life.

“There are a lot of employers here, and it is a great opportunity for students,” Windsor said.

The fair was held for over four hours, and within that course of time, many students came in their business attire. This is something that Taylor felt would be very approriate when speaking to employers.

“We want our employers to know that our students are career ready,Taylor said.
The Career Development Center provides programs and services that build opportunities for students, alumni and employers.
Although the career fair does not guarantee students jobs, it is another form of getting their foot into the door.
“Students who attend career fairs are more likely than not to get the job because they know what it is like to be in front of an employer,” Taylor said.
Prior to the fair, the CDC helped students with mock interviews, class presentations and workshops. These activities are there for any students and alumni.
“It is not who you know, but who knows you,” Taylor said.
The mission of Western’s Career Development Center is to not only help encourage students to make effective career choices, but to also gear them in the right direction of success.
Sutton believes that with each passing year the Western crowd grows with students who are ready to take on life after school.
“This year’s turn out was very successful, I can not wait until next year,” Sutton said.
After the fair, students, alumni and employers were all invited to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the remodeling of the CDC offices. The CDC exists solely because it thrives off of Western’s degree-seeking students that are developing life-long career goals.

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