SVSU hosts annual job fair at Ryder
April 23, 2007 —
A variety of career opportunities graced the SVSU campus Thursday as the University-wide Employment and Networking Fair made its way into the Ryder Center.
Over 100 companies took part in the fair and the event was free and open to the public.
Jobs in almost every field could be found at the fair. Some companies included Apple Mountain, Family Video, Saginaw Spirit, and Covenant Healthcare.
One particular booth that stood out was AFLAC with its two large stuffed-animal ducks that occupied its table. The company was looking to hire benefits consultants and management trainees in particular. Regional Sales Coordinator Ronald Sieggreen said the company is usually looking to hire new employees but prefers to search in more college-oriented settings.
"College always shows determination," Sieggreen said.
Many students also flocked to the Northwestern Mutual booth. Business sophomore Lindsey Kenyon and and international business sophomore Robbyn Reed said it was their favorite booth at the fair.
"They were really nice and really into helping us try to get an internship," Kenyon said.
Northwestern Mutual was looking for both financial representatives and representative interns. Its network has been voted as one of America's top ten internships for the past ten years.
"You're not copying, you're not shredding papers, you're not getting coffee," Managing Director Mark Hardy said. "You're actually doing the job."
One important factor that attracted Reed to this internship was that it was a paid one.
"They have a lot of information on the internships," she said. "I'm definitely looking for financial internships."
Hardy said that many SVSU graduates already work for Northwestern Mutual and are still looking for more.
"This isn't going to end right now," he said. "We're trying to establish a relationship with the school."
Another booth that was determined to catch the attention of students was the U.S. Marine Corps. Sergeant Michael Landry pulled students in who weren't planning on stopping at that particular booth to speak to them about the many programs the Marines have to offer.
He also said that the Marines give out thousands of scholarships a year to students and offer over 400 different types of jobs.
"A lot of the public have misconceptions about the Marines," Landry said. "It's not all fight, fight, fight."