Mount St. Mary’s Career Center hosted the second of their bi-annual Career Fairs on Mar. 16. The fair was an opportunity for students of all years and majors to meet with representatives of local companies and local company branches.
Mount students have moved on to successful careers after speaking with company representatives at the Career Fair. Waffle House representative Lila McCullough referred to Stephanie Rappazzo, a Mount alumni of the class of 2015, who works as a unit manager for Waffle House. Rappazzo is up for consideration for promotion for district manager, according to McCullough. “She embodies everything that we look for in a potential hire,” stated McCullough.
Employers are looking for students who display charisma, leadership, reliability and the ability to work well with others. Employers are also open to students of varying majors. Xcelerate Solutions representative Laura Garcia Hacek stated that their company hires students who major in accounting, criminal justice, computer science and even communications.
Mount students come to the Career Fair hoping to find an ideal first job and the experience to grow as a professional. Senior Kimberly Mazziott, a marketing major, stated that the Career Fair is a great opportunity for students to speak with employers and is happy the
Career Center director Clare Tauriello was the organizer of the fair. She stated that 80 percent of students come through the career center. Tauriello stated that mostly seniors and juniors attend the fair, but first-year students and sophomores are encouraged to attend. “They have to know how to talk to an employer, and this is a great place to find out what that’s like,” Tauriello stated.
Employers are invited to the Mount through a careful process overseen by Tauriello and the assistant directors of the Career Center Matthew Pouss and Jillian Ellis. Tauriello stated that the fair had more potential employers to host than previous years, so many a waitlist had to be made to accommodate as many as possible. Pouss oversees the internship program at the Mount. He stated that the wide range of companies invited to the Mount are looking for students studying in liberal arts and business.
Pouss advises students to come to the fair even if they feel their major is not directly represented, or have not chosen a major. “Maybe there’s a connection there that makes you think, ‘That’s something that I’m very interested in’,” Pouss said. There main goal is to begin to search for careers and to have a foundation to search for a career after graduation.
In addition to the Career Fair, the Career Center also hosted a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Fair for students and employers that are more inclined to math and science careers. Attendees of that fair included Astra-Zeneca and Lockheed Martin.
The Career Center also has a Career Pathways Program and a finance networking event planned later in April. They will also offer an internship panel at the SPARC Festival for students to speak with students who currently intern.
Several representatives from major corporations attended, including Aflac, Pepsi Co., Walmart, Waffle House, Enterprise, Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA of Frederick County. Several law and criminal justice organizations also had booths, including the FBI, the Montgomery County Police, the Frederick County Sheriff’s office, the U.S. Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Several local businesses were in attendance, including, Catoctin Furnace Historical Society, Inc., Community Pool Service, Frederick Arts Council, St. Joseph’s Ministries, Xcelerate Solutions and the Thurmont Historical Society.