Athletes, Greeks, and Veterans Unite for Employer Networking Event

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by Trey Sherman, Maryland Men’s Track & Field 2015

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Student athletes, fraternity and sorority members, and military veterans are three separate communities at the University of Maryland, but the exclusive Employer Networking Event brought them all together.

Students and employers piled into the Atrium of the Stamp Student Union for an event to allow students to showcase their skills and network with employers in an informal setting, which is exactly what Derek Holland, a Junior on the men’s Track and field team did.

 “It helped me with my confidence and communication skills,” Holland said. “A lot of it wasn’t necessarily geared toward my career interests, but it was still good to interact with professionals.”

The employers in attendance were recruiting all majors for both full time, and internship opportunities, so others like senior gymnast Katie Dodds, had their careers in mind.

“The employer networking event was a great experience to talk to many local employees about internships and future job opportunities,” Dodds said. “Many employers being Maryland graduates, and even some, former student athletes, made it a very intriguing and great event to attend to help set me up for the work environment after I graduate.”

The event was day one of a three-day Spring Career and Internship Fair. There was great turnout from students and employers alike. The list of employers in attendance accounted for a better variety of majors than other events I have attended in the past, with companies such as AT&T, Aflac, and Vocus to name a few. That variety as well as the informal setting was things that students and employers both enjoyed.

“The Employer Networking Event and the opportunity it offers both students and employers to meet each other,” Veronica Segovia, Vocus Employer Brand Manager said. “As a Maryland alum, and as someone who was active in Greek Life while in school, I appreciate this chance to meet students with leadership characteristics.”

“AT&T's Leadership Development Programs require graduates with competitiveness, high integrity and time management - skills that student athletes and veterans possess,” said Christi Goodwin, an AT&T College Recruiter. “We enjoyed our discussions with students connecting the dots on applying their unique qualities to our career opportunities.”

I think people will tell their friends and teammates about this event and encourage them to attend similar events in the future. Maisie McCune, a sophomore on the women’s soccer team said the Employer Networking event was an incredible and eye opening experience.

“I gained so much insight and confidence on how to go about finding a job after graduation,” McCune said. “I hope to see more of my teammates and other student-athletes next year.”