Written by Ben Skender
VSU held its Spring Career Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the UC Magnolia Room to provide and discuss employment opportunities for students and alumni.
“We’re pretty happy about the amount of careers fairs we have, which is one in spring and another in fall,” Kevin Taylor, interim service director for career services, said. “But what we’re looking to do is start having virtual fairs in the future which is pretty much like this fair here but online.”
The idea for virtual fairs, however, will have to wait until a new service director can be found because the last one recently passed away. These internet fairs would be done in tandem with the physical fairs, but would come up at least twice per semester as opposed to one person to person fair.
Until then, Career Services will continue to have one fair a month in March and October. For students who missed the fair, Career Services has an online database called College Central Network.
A freshman year experience teacher, Mrs. Nikki Moore uses the fair as an actual grade for her students.
“By getting students, freshman even, to come to these fairs it helps them to build interview skills and helps them to figure out where they want to go with their studies,” she said when interviewed alongside her students.
Mrs. Moore does this to encourage the Complete College Georgia initiative to pass on more degrees to graduates in order to reach the climbing number of demands from employers who require their potential employees to have degrees.
Some of her students, like Jayson Clear, are already ahead, and know what they want to study but are unsure of how exactly to pursue their degree
Clear is pursuing computer science, but is unsure on which path to take.
Many businesses, such as Geico who has set up at multiple fairs over the past 15 years, have said that the turn out from this year was incredible compared to other years.
Many of these companies set up at VSU and multiple other colleges in South Georgia and northern Florida.
According to Phil Personette, Waffle House representative, companies are looking for both managers at many of their locations in southern Georgia and for employees for their new location set to open at the end of April on Baytree right next to Manny’s.
Organizations, including local police forces, also showed up to look for students interested in joining the force.
“I visited the FBI booth and actually talked with them about becoming an analyst,” Jake Moore, a senior computer science major, said. “I might try and pursue that closer to graduation though.”