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Oct. 30, 2015
Northwest Missouri State University’s Bearcat Arena was filled Oct. 20 with a colorful collection of posters and displays designed to recruit a new flock of students dressed in their best business suits and ready to launch their professional careers.
Northwest hosted its annual fall Career Day in the arena, giving potential candidates the opportunity to interact with about 140 employers offering full-time, summer and internship opportunities. The annual Career Day also coincided with Northwest’s Graduate Information Fair for students interested in continuing their education and the Education Expo to provide students an opportunity to network and learn more about the teaching profession.
While hundreds of students attended Career Day in search of internships and full-time opportunities, employers were represented by more than 80 professionals who also call themselves Northwest alumni.
“The goal is to facilitate mutually beneficial relationships between Northwest students and potential employers,” Director of Career Services Joan Schneider said. “Students learn about and secure internship and full-time employment opportunities. Employers connect with candidates possessing the desired education, experiences and skills to meet their personnel needs.”
Among the employers was Northwest alumna Cynthia Crookett, a representative of third-party logistics company Freightquote. Crockett and Freightquote were looking for ambitious, self-motivated students to fill multiple positions, including full-time sales positions.
“It feels good to be back home,” Crockett said. “Northwest produces good, quality students who reflect the University well. I am glad to be a part of this experience.”
Northwest alumnus Jeff Vanburen, an associate with financial advisor Edward Jones in Kansas City, Mo., was attending his fourth Career Day at Northwest. Edward Jones is offering summer internships in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas, and Vanburen was seeking skilled graduates capable of communicating well.
“It is about building relationships,” Vanburen said. “It goes beyond dressing nice and identifying with one particular degree. It is what a student looking in this field can do to build the best relationship with potential customers.”
Vanburen attends several career events a year and said Northwest students are among the most prepared.
“At Northwest, I have seen a lot of students who are professional and prepared to interact with employers and get their names out there,” Vanburen said. “It is a great feeling to see that as alumni.”
Northwest alumnus Randy Sandige, a representative from West Central Cooperative in Ralston, Iowa, was attending his third Northwest Career Day. Looking to fill multiple internship positions and full-time sales positions for the farming cooperative, Sandige said Northwest has helped the business hire interns who have transitioned to become full-time associates.
“Northwest provides a diverse background of students who fit our needs,” Sandige said. “We look forward to coming to events like these because we know that we can find candidates who will provide our organization with what we need whether that be in marketing, communications or external operations.”
As a follow-up to Career Day, Northwest Career Services annually sponsors Next Day Interviews, which offers students opportunities for interviews with employers attending Career Day.
Schneider said more than 150 real Next Day Interviews were conducted for internships and full-time positions this fall. Additionally, some employers are planning returns to Northwest for interviews on later dates, and others will invite candidates to their sites to continue their selection processes.
Grant Sundberg, a senior emergency and disaster management major from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was one student who turned his Career Day interactions into a Next Day Interview. He interviewed with an insurance company and says the opportunity opened his eyes to new career possibilities in the emergency and disaster management field.
“Career Day allowed me to see how Northwest actively seeks to help its students by providing opportunities to assist students with their futures,” Sundberg said. “One of the best benefits of Career Day is to network with prospective employers and to see how my specific skills and abilities fit with the organization’s goals.”
By providing profession-based experiences for its students and valuable networking opportunities such as Career Day, Northwest boasts a three-year average career placement rate of 97 percent for undergraduate students and 99 percent for graduate students. This means that 97 percent of bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.
For more information and resources offered by Northwest Career Services, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/careerserv/ or call 660.562.1250.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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