The Liberty University Career Center hosted the first Global Education Fair at the Vines Center on Tuesday, connecting School of Education students with various teaching opportunities around the world. There were 43 schools from several countries represented at the fair.
Michele Worley, a counselor in Liberty’s Career Center, said the center hosts career fairs for a majority of the university’s majors each semester. This provides students a unique professional opportunity to connect them with employers.
“The biggest thing we hope students will do is make a connection with a potential employer within the next year,” she said. “We also hope these fairs will be a networking opportunity for them to practice talking to employers and learning the importance of presenting themselves in a professional manner.”
The Global Education Fair was held in conjunction with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), which approached Liberty to host an international recruiting fair.
ACSI is the largest Protestant educational organization in the world. It impacts the lives of more than 5.5 million students worldwide through a variety of services. ACSI has 28 offices around the globe, and nearly 24,000 schools from more than 100 countries are members.
Alan Blackmon, human resource manager at Hope International School (located in Cambodia), was recruiting education students to teach at the school.
“This is my first time at Liberty, and I am impressed with how cordial and welcoming the staff and students have been today. The students are interested in doing the work of God throughout the world, and we are interested in having them if they want to come work at our school,” Blackmon said.
Adam Snavely, a senior education major, went to the fair to hand out his résumé to various organizations and learn about international teaching opportunities.
“It is great that Liberty has relationships with all these different organizations because it gives students a unique opportunity to branch out and learn about different job opportunities while still in school,” he said.