Students seek job opportunities

The Career Center hosted a job fair for communication majors Tuesday, April 16, in Williams Stadium

Professional — School of Communication students Heather Riggins and J.D. Mason connect with local businesses in an effort to land potential jobs or internships. Photo credit: Lauren Adriance

Liberty University’s School of Communication and the Career Center hosted a career fair on the third floor of the Williams Stadium Tower, April 16.

The 119 students who attended showed great enthusiasm for the fair, with more than 90 students RSVP’ing to attend, according to Career Center Employer Relations Representative Bethany Stafford.

“I think (the fair) overall was successful,” Stafford said. “It did what we wanted it to, which was to offer students with job opportunities, and I hope that some students will be able to graduate with jobs lined up for them now.”

According to Stafford, current students and recent graduates of Liberty were able to speak to 16 different employers. The companies present at the fair were hiring for jobs and internships in Lynchburg, Roanoke, Richmond and Washington, D.C. Some companies, like Time-Warner Cable, were hiring for national positions.

“The career fair was a great experience for me and helped me make great professional connections,” advertising and public relations major Lindsey Birchfield said. “I was impressed by the number and variety of companies at the fair and the different opportunities each one presented.”

According to the Career Center website, the fair hosted a wide variety of employers, including Verizon Wireless, Vision Marketing, Time-Warner Cable, The News & Advance, Humbly I Serve (HIS), along with many others – each representing a different field of communication.

“Communications is kind of a very diverse field,” Career Center Director Richard Glass said. “You have a lot of different majors within the School of Communication, so we tried to find organizations that have a good depth and breadth of opportunities.”

According to Glass, there have been 15 job fairs hosted at Liberty this year — seven in the fall and eight in the spring — with each fair featuring 15-20 employers. The fall semester was the first time that the Career Center started offering major-specific job fairs, as previous ones have been generic and usually held off campus.

“A lot of students just want to see more and are excited about the job opportunities,” Stafford said. “As long as the students keep coming (to the fairs) and their excitement stays up, we’ll keep on recruiting.”

Glass also said that many excited students continue to return to career fairs.

“The students that are here, I’m seeing that some also came in the fall,” Glass said. “They’re coming back because they’re seeing new employers, and also some of the same employers that showed up (in the fall) have new opportunities.”

For students interested in upcoming career fairs, Stafford recommends utilizing some of the Career Center’s many services, including career counseling, résumé and cover letter assistance, as well as mock interviews provided to any individual associated with Liberty.

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