Two career conferences to search for students: Over 75 schools and 63 businesses to recruit on campus

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Two career conferences to search for students: Over 75 schools and 63 businesses to recruit on campus

Alison Heape discovers opportunities while talking to school representatives at the Christian School Recruitment Conference and Career Fair. Photo: BJU Market/ Derek Eckenroth

The Christian School Recruitment   Conference and the Career Fair, occurring Feb. 19 through 20 and Feb. 22 respectively, give students the opportunity to connect with potential employers.

The Christian School Recruitment Conference will host 75 schools in the Davis Room of the dining common.

Students can interact with potential employers from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 19 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 20.

The junior and senior education major connection from 6 through 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 will allow those students special access to employers.

Dr. Brian Carruthers, dean of the School of Education, said both large and small schools will attend including some international schools.

“[The Christian School Recruitment Conference] helps broaden their perspective as to the opportunities that could be available to them once they graduate,” Carruthers said.

Although the Christian School Recruitment Conference may seem like an event for just education majors, according to Dr. Carruthers, Christian schools may not be solely looking for future teachers. There may be jobs available in the areas of financial management, graphic design, IT, preschool, music and youth ministry.

“We definitely encourage not just education majors to come to this but everybody else,” Carruthers said.

Carruthers said it is important to stay updated with what is happening at Christian schools.  “Above all, I want our students to be able to come and have a better sense of the ministry of Christian education so that they can at least pray for these schools and these ministries,” Carruthers said.

For graduating seniors, Caruthers suggests bringing a resume to the conference.

In addition to the Christian School Recruitment Conference, the Career Fair will give students of all majors the opportunity to meet with perspective employers.

More than 63 businesses will  send representatives to the Davis Room to speak with students. Some of the recruiting companies include The Walt Disney Company, Jackson Dawson in Detroit, Greenville Health System and state government agencies from South Carolina and Georgia such as the South Carolina Department of Social Services and Georgia State Patrol.

Several universities will recruit for their graduate programs as well.

On the BJU intranet, several preparation steps are suggested, including research, bringing a one-page resume and crafting a short introduction for potential employers. Coming up with questions ahead of time is also suggested in addition to linking the needs of the organization to your skillset. Professional attire is recommended but not required.

Directories of schools and businesses in attendance will not be available at either event. Links to the directories of both events can be found on the BJU Intranet.

Many schools and companies will be conducting preliminary interviews during the conferences. For interviewing tips, see “Three elements of a great interview” in this issue of The Collegian.