Williamson’s biannual Career Fairs continue to grow with the fall 2023 fair in the Wesley Student Center on Nov. 14 setting a new high with 177 companies registered from 19 states, 50 of whom were first time attendees. They were all seeking to find employees from among the 85 seniors.
Stephanie Boon, director of career services, said the fairs continue setting new attendance records because there is a large need for tradesmen and the word is getting out that Williamson turns out excellent graduates who not only have good trade skills, but the extra things like dependability, a good attitude, and a dedication to hard work, attributes that employers like in their employees.
Boon, in the role of Career Fair coordinator for her first fair after long-time fair coordinator Margaret “Weemie” Kingham retired last spring, said “It was an excellent Career Fair with all of the trades well represented. I know this from the after the fact buzz. Students are getting emails and phone calls from employers who would love to hire them and a lot of good connections were established.
“A large number of alumni attend the fair as company representatives; it’s great seeing the graduates coming back.”
President Michael Rounds said, “Williamson’s career fairs offer proof that our approach to education works. We are helping fill a niche in America’s lack of skilled tradesmen. How many schools can boast of having more company representatives at a career fair than students seeking positions? I would say, probably only Williamson. Our three-year program is highly demanding and rigorous, but our graduates come back years later to tell us that their time at Williamson changed their lives for the better. Our core values of faith, integrity, diligence, excellence, and service help our students become excellent employees, good family men, and an asset to their communities.”
Boon said it is good for the students in all of Williamson’s trades seeing the large variety of companies and possibilities available to them. Several students told her they had no idea there were so many different types of employment available to them.
She said the entire Williamson community worked hard to make the Career Fair such a great success. “It truly is an all-hands on deck project to pull this off so beautifully.”
She said they will continue to fine-tune the event, making it the best they can for the good of the students searching for full-time employment after graduation and summer internships for the underclassmen.
Registration is now open for the spring Career Fair, which will be held from 8:30-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 5, in the Wesley Student Center. For more more information, contact Stephanie Boon, director of career services, at 610-566-1776, x419, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Register for the spring Career Fair online at: https://www.givecampus.com/campaigns/40244/donations/new