The event will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the first floor of the Ringhaver Student Center and feature more than 60 employers, volunteer locations and graduate schools. Hosted by the Career Development Center, this free job fair is a smart first step for underclassmen to start building their resumes and an important part of upperclassmen’s path into the professional world.
That’s why Director of the Career Development Center, Vernita Bowens said the expo is definitely “not just for seniors.”
At the expo, students could find a consistent volunteer position, secure an internship in a field that interests them, learn more about graduate school programs and potentially meet their future employer.
“I think a lot of times, students don’t understand how their present impacts them going forward,” Bowens said.
Employers like Mayo Clinic, Bank of America, PepsiCo, Sherwin Williams and numerous regional businesses will be represented at the expo seeking full and part-time employees, some offering remote work positions.
An array of graduate and law schools like FSU, FIU, Stetson University, Rollins College, Troy University and UNF will also be present. In connection to Flagler’s Youth Ministry program, a handful of seminary schools will also attend. Additionally, locations like the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens and camp Ton-A-Wandah will showcase information about exciting and impactful volunteer opportunities.
Bowens said students should come with “an open mind, a positive attitude” and at least 15 printed resumes. Students should check out these resources provided by the Career Development Center for pointers on quick improvements to their resumes before heading to the expo.
With so many companies and higher education institutions present, Bowens said students should avoid “tunnel vision” because “opportunities can be present in some places we never think about.”