Career Fair fosters student connections

Boerne junior Jonathan Anzollitto checks out the Peace Corps booth at the Make a Difference Career Fair at the Cashion Academic Center on March 26, 2013. On Thursday, students met in the Waco Convention Center to visit with potential employers about future jobs and internships at this semester’s Career Fair. Photo credit: Lariat File Photo

WACO – Baylor students converged in the Waco Convention Center on Thursday afternoon to meet with professionals from a wide range of industries and trades.

The event, hosted by Baylor’s Office for Career and Professional Development, aimed to make it easier for soon-to-be graduates and new students alike to connect with employers.

“I’m here to grow professionally and personally, and to develop who I am as a person,” said Centennial, Colo., senior Joy Dafoe, a student the Baylor Business Fellow Program.

The fair hosted a wide range of employers from across the United States, offering everything from temporary summer internships to full-time positions.

“I was looking at Lockheed-Martin. There were also a couple risk-management companies I enjoyed,” said Mesquite senior Marc Webb. “I was also looking into policy, working with compliance and contractual work.”

In total, more than 160 employers from across the nations reserved booths and were represented at the Waco Convention Center. The employers represented a wide range of industries, including city and state government, technology, business consulting, management, investment firms as well as nonprofit groups and local organizations based in Waco and the surrounding area.

“There are a lot of different companies. There are nonprofits, there are obviously for-profit companies, retail, even the Greater Waco Chamber,” Dafoe said.

This semester’s career fair was sponsored by eight organizations represented at the event: Family Heritage, Hole in the Roof, Paratus Diagnostics, RightNow Media, Sewell Automotive, SoftwareONE, Southwestern Advantage and Walmart Logistics.

Aside from career fairs offered throughout the year, Baylor students and alumni can also view current job listings from a wide range of employers through HireABear, the Office of Career and Professional Development’s employment website.