By Casey Gale
Rider seniors and alumni in the Education Department were given the chance to network with professionals in their field at this year’s Education Career Fair.
The event, held on March 6, attracted 28 organizations interested in meeting and speaking with students and alumni about potential employment opportunities. Local public school districts, The Princeton Review and Bancroft were among those represented at the fair.
“Many districts are not aware of their openings until the end of the school year and even into the summer months,” said Joyce Tyler, education career advisor. “[But] a number of retirements are expected, which will open the door for recent graduates seeking teaching, counseling and administrative-level positions throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.”
According to Tyler, four students walked away with invitations for on-site interviews.
Among the students who were offered future on-site interviews was Sylwia Denko, a senior elementary education and psychology major.
“It was amazing interviewing practice,” she said. “I got to have seven interviews in one day, so I was able to gather several interviewing questions that I may be asked in the future. It helped get the jitters out. By going to a career fair and by getting your name out there, it can be helpful to get a job in the future.”
Lindsey Hegenauer, a senior elementary education major, also had her interview fears eased.
“When I first walked through the doors of the Cavalla Room, I saw many friendly faces of faculty members from the School of Education, and their presence helped make the experience easier without all those nerves rushing through me,” she said.
She found the career fair will help propel her post-college prospects.
“I did make a lot of great connections, and there were some administrators that I had already met from previous professional development events,” Hegenauer said. “This just shows you the importance of attending professional development events. It gives you the opportunity to build connections. And you never know — those administrators may be sitting on the other side of the table interviewing you for your dream job.”
According to Kevin Fallon, director of Career Services, the success of the fair is encouraging for future events.
“Employers spoke very highly of the event and our students, and gave Rider high scores on their exit surveys,” he said. “The employer response was so positive that we are exploring ideas for new ways to connect the students with the employers.”
Rider students have found great success in being introduced to the professional world, said Fallon.
“Every year, more than a 1,000 Rider students complete internships, co-ops and field placements,” Fallon said. “This experience can be critical to those wishing to stand out from the competition for future employment opportunities.”
To assist students with all facets of career planning, Career Services recently launched a new, comprehensive website at www.rider.edu/career services. There students can find jobs, internship opportunities, upcoming events and workshops; read about successful Rider graduates who are now employed in their chosen field; and use interactive tools to create documents such as résumés and cover letters.
Spring Career Fair
Fallon is also excited about the approximately 100 employers who will be visiting Rider this year for the Spring Career Fair, an event that has previously been much smaller.
“We have really stepped up our employer outreach this year,” Fallon said.
Attendees will include Johnson & Johnson, Target, Progressive Insurance and Estée Lauder, among others.
The fair will be open to all students and will be held on March 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center.