Waynesburg Univ. hosts final career fair of 2023-24 year

     The final career fair of the 2023-24 school year is taking place on Wednesday March 27, with more than 20 employers already scheduled to be a part of the event. 

     When it comes to how widespread the fair will be in regard to range of employers in different fields, Sarah Bell, director of the Pathways Center at Waynesburg University, elaborated on which departments can expect to be most represented. 

     “The two academic departments that are most represented at this fair are the Chemistry & Forensic Science Department and the Nursing Department. There are a few employers who are recruiting Criminal Justice & Social Sciences students as well, and we have seen growth in the number of employers who are recruiting students from that department,” Bell said, clarifying that which departments will be represented in regard to career-specific organizations. 

     Although the University has been moving away from the restrictions the pandemic brought to large, in-person gatherings, Bell noted how refreshing it has been to be able to hold these events again, now with the knowledge that COVID-19 will not have the same effect on these gatherings with the news changes being implemented by Student Health Services. 

   “It has been great to be able to host more events that enable students to connect with employers,” Bell said, noting how what little was allowed in the years prior was still very different from what is able to be conducted today, “While we did host fairs in 2020 and 2021, things were very different, and it was limiting in terms of the number of employers we could host at any given time due to social distancing protocols. We are excited for students to make meaningful connections at this event.” 

     Of the organizations scheduled to be present, many are new to Waynesburg’s career fair’s, with Bell noting that there is optimism in having more organizations present to give more opportunities for the students. 

     “We are looking forward to hosting such a diverse group of employers on campus for this event. We have several returning organizations, like Allegheny Health Network, the FBI, and Washington Health System who have recruited on campus fairly consistently. A few, including Range Resources and Viatris Inc., have worked with us in the past but haven’t actively recruited at career fairs in recent years,” Bell said, specifying the gratitude the University has for giving their students this chance to seek their next career, “We are always grateful for these employer partnerships, as securing a job or internship is such an important achievement for our students.” 

The career fair will take place on the third floor of the Stover Campus Center from 1-3 p.m.