On Thursday, May 16, Northwestern College’s Bridgeview Campus hosted its 2013 Career Fair for both its students and the community, and it was a resounding success! Nearly 266 job seekers attended the event, over 212 of which were Northwestern College students and alumni. This reflected a 10% increase over the participation in the College’s 2012 career fair. The event heralded twenty five (25) employers and recruiters interested in filling positions for everything from paralegals, police officers, security guards, medical assistants, and bank tellers to nurses.
According to Amy Buoscio, Northwestern College’s Career Development & Alumni Relations Coordinator for the Bridgeview Campus, with the unemployment rate continuing to remain high, it is imperative that Northwestern College do everything it can to assist students in obtaining employment. This week’s successful career fair demonstrated employers are interested in hiring, and that students are investing their efforts in order to obtain employment after earning a college degree.
Northwestern College opened its 2013 Career Fair to current students, alumni, and the general public, with all three categories participating. Of the 266 in attendance, in addition to Northwestern College students and alumni, 26 job seekers from the general public took advantage of the opportunity and participated, up from 15 in 2012.
Some of the businesses that took part in the 2013 Career Fair included: TCF Bank; Harmony Health Plan of IL; IL Department of Employment Security; Robert Half Legal; Palos Community Hospital; Berwyn Police Department; BrightStar Care; New York Life; Mobile Doctors; IL Department of Corrections/Department of Juvenile Justice; Awakened Alternatives, Inc; Citizens Financial Bank; UPS; Northshore University Healthsystem; MB Financial; Homewatch Caregivers; Primerica; IL Department of Transportation; Home Instead Senior Care; and Allied Barton Security. Representatives from Kauzu were also available to assist students and other job seekers with a free website tool to utilize in their quest for employment.
Finally, representatives from several higher education institutions were available to provide information for students interested in continuing their education to obtain a 4-year degree(Northwestern College is a 2 year degree institution). Institutions that participated included Governors State University, National Lewis University, DeVry University and Trinity Christian College.
According to feedback obtained from the employers and recruiters who participated, they found the event to be well organized and reported that they had met several candidates that they intended to contact for future interviews.
The success of the Career Fair would not have been possible without the efforts of Northwestern College’s Career Development & Alumni Relations Coordinator Amy Buoscio, the Office of Career Development & Alumni Relations, and the many volunteers who assisted.
“A good education builds the foundation for a successful career,” commented Lawrence Schumacher, President of Northwestern College. “We are excited to have provided connections for our students to so many prominent businesses in our Chicagoland area and are hopeful that these connections will lead to full time employment opportunities. Northwestern College remains committed to assisting our students and graduates in obtaining employment in their fields of study.”