Thursday, October 13, 2016

FAMU Career Expo connects students and alumni with opportunities

More than 100 top company representatives arrived at the Al Lawson Center looking to recruit the best and brightest from FAMU during the annual Fall Career Expo on Sept. 27.

Some of those recruiters included FAMU graduates that received their big breaks at past career fairs. Breyon Love first learned about Aldi at a FAMU career fair in 2012. The former student body president and current Aldi district manager assisted at least two other FAMUans in getting jobs with the international supermarket that directly competes with Whole Foods Market.

“The first time the company came here was four to five years ago when I was recruited at this career expo,” Love said. “I’ve been with them four years and we are actively working to recruit students to help our company’s growth in Florida,” he added.

Love also helped Spring 2014 School of Business and Industry graduate Marley Whitmore attain a district manager position with the company. Whitmore credited the University for molding her into the person she is today.

“FAMU made me who I am! I feel better coming to recruit from FAMU because my brother and I attended the university. All the skills I learned and connections I made, got me where I am today,” she said.

Students like Lauren Cox weren’t expecting to connect with so many alumni. The transfer student met former Miss FAMU Dominique James and solicited advice from the alumna.

“She informed me about certain health care management companies that have a reputation for diversity and inclusion that I am now going to research,” Cox said. “I was also a little insecure about my GPA but she advised me to speak confidently about it and also to acknowledge the things I do such as community service and campus involvement.”

In addition to connecting with alumni, students and campus visitors attending the expo could take advantage of several perks, including a professional headshot photo booth, free resume printing sponsored by Ricoh, an employer reception and other career center benefits.

Assistant Director of the Career Center Arnita McFarland said the expo was a success and feels the expo should become mandatory.

“Much like the value we place on academics, career readiness and student engagement with employers should be embedded into our student’s education. It’s a way for us to show as a university, that career services are everyone’s responsibility,” McFarland said.

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