The Maryville College Career Center held its annual Spring Career and Internship Fair on March 30. The event lasted from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Alumni Gym where participants could talk to different organizations and companies about job and internship opportunities.
More than 30 local companies and organizations, including universities that offer graduate programs, were present during the fair.
“The more Maryville College students show up prepared, the more the word gets out to employers and graduate schools. This year, Vanderbilt Owen School of Management called the Career Center because they accepted a student into their graduate programs and wanted more like him,” said Christy McDonald, director of Career Center. “MC students make a positive impact – and that impact determines who comes to the Career Fair at Maryville.”
Sarah Yeaple, who is an MC alumna and current career consultant at the Career Center, shared her positive experience with finding a job through the fair.
“In 2008, I came to career fair as an alumna, and I was able to find a job that I had three years prior before coming to MC. It was valuable for me to introduce myself and physically hand them my resume,” said Yeaple.
The Maryville College Career Center provides students with the resources and support that they need in the professional world to be successful. The CCC hosts career fairs, information sessions and networking mixers to help students build relationships with organizations that can help them to make decisions about their next steps.
Yeaple recommends senior students doing something every day to further their job search.
“If students are frustrated and not having good results in finding a job, I would encourage them to come and talk to me or Christy and see if there are things that they haven’t tried or different strategies that they could utilize to maybe have some different results,” said Yeaple
The Career Center staff encourages students and alumni to contact the center if they want to see a specific employer or graduate program at the fair.
Throughout the year, the Career Center hosts events such as fall and spring career fairs, a nonprofit organization fair, and an education employment fair that is organized in a partnership with UT and information sessions, as well as tabling events.
It should be highlighted that the services in the Career Center are open for alumni eternally.