Business Club members Gavin DeHaai and Sara Sauceda talk with a student at the 2019 Career and Graduate Fair. Photo by Sonja Brandt.
By Benjamin Gordon
Concordia University hosted its annual Career and Graduate Fair on Friday, Feb. 1. The fair was held in the Cattle Conference Room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Concordia Career and Graduate Fair is a great opportunity for students and members of the public to build connections that will benefit them in the future. Several vendors made an appearance at the fair.
The fair is put together by volunteers from the Business Club and their faculty advisor, Director of Career Development Corey Gray. They begin getting ready around November and contact businesses both in person and digitally to inquire about attending.
It is not just a great opportunity for businesses to find employees and students to find employment. It is also a great opportunity for the students volunteering to get invaluable experience and networking opportunities when working with the businesses.
Gavin DeHaai, a student volunteer from business club commented that the networking opportunity was invaluable.
Some of the potential employers in attendance at the fair included Nestle Purina Petcare, Midwestern Laboratories, Thrivent Financial and NRC Health. Religious employers had a presence with the Lutheran Bible Translators, Lutheran Church Extension Fund and KNNA – FM Lutheran Radio.
“If you don’t know what you want to do, you have lots of options,” freshman Emily Rasmussen said.
Private and nonprofit employers were not the only ones making an appearance; multiple government enforcement agencies were also in attendance. The government agencies were the Nebraska Department of Corrections, Nebraska Game & Parks, and the Seward Police Department. The U.S military also had a large presence with booths set up for the Army, Marines and Air Force.
“It is a great group with tons of different fields,” Gray said.
Gray mentioned that he hopes even more students will attend in future years. If Concordia students are looking for a job or internship, he says the Career and Graduate Fair is a great place to start.