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Citadel News Service

Office of Public AffairsOctober 10, 2000

Getting Bigger and Better Every Year

          The 2000 Career Fair, sponsored by the Career Services Office, was the largest fair in the colleges history. More than 100 companies, along with some 215 recruiters, set up audiovisual equipment, informational material, and demonstrations in McAlister Field House. Everyone agreed that the day was a great success.

Black and Decker by DeWalt returns annually to the Career Fair.

          Jamey Nelson, College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CGPS) Class of 99 and recruiter for Black and Decker, enjoys returning to Charleston. "We have had some very encouraging prospects pass through today. The one-on-one time we get to spend with them is priceless. Its a great way for those interested to learn about the industry while talking to people face to face."

          Although a number of the recruiters are Citadel graduates, many recruiters not affiliated with the college come to The Citadel. They find that the combination of military training and education produces well qualified, intelligent candidates with, not only excellent work ethic, but a drive to succeed.

A representative from nationally-recognized defense contractor--Eagan, McAllister Associates, Inc.--talks with perspective recruit Cadet Anderson Stewart.

Not a Bad Problem to Have

          With a senior class of approximately 350 studentsone third of whom historically go into the military and another small percentage who enter graduate schoolthe ratio between prospects and recruiters is almost one to one.


          The Citadel Career Services Office works very hard to bring in companies students want showcased. Brent Stewart, director for Career Services, says, "We try to represent all academic majors whether a request is from a

Representatives from the Naval Surface Warfare Center-Dahlgren Division provide literature about their organization.
sophomore or a senior. We hope to get students feet wet in the corporate world. There are companies we work with all year-long and have consistently proven to be good partners." Stewart also adds they are always looking for new faces.

          The Career Fair offers a wide variety of representation from the private sector to state and government offices, as well as area school districts. Jenkins Hall, the military academic building on campus, is also well represented. The number one goal is to meet the needs of the students.


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