Opportunity knocks again

By Derrick Q. Edwards, Contributing Writer

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Central State University is Ohio’s only public historically black university. The mission of the University is to academically prepare students with diverse backgrounds and educational needs for leadership and service in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world. One of the ways the administrators and faculty of the university fulfill this mission is by hosting an annual Career Day.

Career Day is a day when students — specifically junior and senior — are invited to meet with companies for potential employment opportunities after graduation. Building connections with companies helps students seeking careers after graduation and also makes it possible for students to get internships while studying in their major. Employers like to attend Career Day because they get a chance to find young, creative, and prepared students as potential employees for their companies.

This year Career Day was held Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005 and the theme was “Creating Connections: Are You the Right Fit?” The Office of Career Services invited potential employers AXA Advisors, LLC, Honda R&D Americas, Inc., International Truck and Engine Corporation, Kellogg Company, Speedway Super America, Kroger and many others to the campus to recruit college graduates.

The President of the University, the Vice-President, and Head of Career Services all offered encouragement to the students and prospective employers alike asking them to take advantage of this opportunity to meet and get to know students of great caliber and skill from Central State University.

The office of career services published a 2005 Career Day handbook covering such topics as networking skills; researching employers; resume models; cover letters; interview preparation; and evaluating job offers. These were given to each student for future use and reference.

The format featured a luncheon in the university’s Ward Ballroom. Thompson Catering Service provided an excellent lunch. Students dressed in business attire proper for interviews. Students and potential employers enjoyed a meet and greet session, ate lunch, and then spent the rest of the afternoon in interviews, evaluation, and assessment sessions.

Each student was given an article entitled, “From College to Career.” The article suggested that the potential employee must be dependable, master job tasks, understand expectations, exceed expectations, strive for excellence, ask for feedback, and develop strong oral and written communication skills.

A few students gathered in the hall comparing notes and talking with the other students about whom they met. Everyone seemed excited and looked forward to offers and opportunities to work with various companies.


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