Mercer undergraduate students, staff, and alumni attended the Center for Career and Professional Development Job and Internship Career Expo held Sept. 28.
Numerous recruiters were present at the event, including a variety of sponsors and employers such as the Atlanta Hawks, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Peace Corps, Georgia Tech Research Institute and much more. Why does a wide range of recruiters continue to choose Mercer University for their Career Expo every year? Many feel that Mercer University has something special in its potential and prospective students.
“I enjoy being on campus. I think it’s really beautiful,” said Brooke Eason, the recruiting director for Waffle House in Middle Georgia. “Everybody’s willing to hear about the opportunities, so that’s really nice. That’s why I’ve come back every year.”
Mercer University students who attended the Career Expo had many golden opportunities to let themselves be known. From careers and internships in law, medicine and aerospace engineering to leadership, marketing and history, there was always a space for everyone to network and make connections.
Bercy-Dylan Musonera ‘24 is studying biomedical engineering on the pre-medical track. He stated that his main purpose for attending the event was to showcase his true potential.
“What I valued most was how I was able to just put myself out there and make myself marketable to other people. Because at the end of the day, they don’t need you, you need them,” Musonera said.
The Mercer Center for Career and Professional Development made sure that student attendees received a Career Expo Networking Guide. This helpful resource included tips on how to approach an employer, what questions prospective employees may want to ask and ways attendees can keep in touch with recruiters.
Overall, there was support for any attendees who might have been experiencing some anxiety about fully participating in the Career Expo. Many recruiters and Mercer staff at the expo wanted students to feel invited and encouraged them to further develop their professional skills.
“Making sure that you do have copies of your résumé is great, but usually making the personal connection is going to be the best step forward for anyone who is looking for employment,” said Nicole Small, program director of the Minority Mentor program and the Opportunity Scholars program at Mercer University.
“Be nice, be kind, be interested in the organization that you’re going to talk to because you never know what that could lead to.”