Education fair connects students to employers

Saginaw Valley State University education majors had the opportunity to connect with future employers on Dec. 2 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Bachand Hall.

The job fair was hosted by SVSU’s Career Services office, and was aimed specifically at education students.

Those in attendance had the opportunity to connect with school district representatives from across the state to network with prospective employers and prepare for their future careers.

Allison Binkley, an occupational therapy sophomore, works as a front desk student employee for Career Services. She explained a bit about her outlook on the campus job fair events:

“The career fairs are full of opportunities for all students on campus,” she said. “Not only do we hold general fall and spring employment fairs, but ones suited to majors, like the education and (manufacturing and technology) fairs.”

SVSU’s Office of Institutional Research estimates that roughly 12% of SVSU students are in the university’s education program as of the 2022 fall semester, totaling 912 students over all class standings.

SVSU’s College of Education also boasts a 95% job placement rate for graduates, partially thanks to outreach from Career Services such as job fair events.

“The education (fair) we just held is so important for all education majors as we have school districts from all over Michigan and out of state attend to recruit teachers,” Binkley said. “These fairs are opportunities for networking, campus engagement, career opportunities, and internship opportunities.”

SVSU Career Services recommends that students attending job fair events dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes to ensure success upon meeting potential employers.

Students early in their degrees also benefit from job fairs, Career Services staff often note, because it gives them a chance to prepare for what employers in their field are looking for in candidates ahead of time, collect information and make better informed choices regarding their future careers.

The education fair gave students a chance to walk away with physical prizes as well. All attendees were given the chance to enter a drawing for a free SVSU diploma frame. In addition, many tables offered students candy, pencils and other small gifts to help students remember them in their future job searches.

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