A variety of opportunities provided for students at annual career fair


Photo by Alina Creek

This year the career fair took place in the Williams Brice Physical Education Center. There were refreshments provided and assistance at the entrance of the gym.

The career fair gives Coastal students the opportunity to meet future employers and create a network with those in their field of interest.

More than 70 employers attended the career fair this fall, which offered students of many different majors’ options to choose from.

It is common for many upperclassmen to attend the event in order to find a job after graduation. Majors ranging from marine science, accounting, communication, and more could find appropriate companies to network with.

“I like that there are so many different people to talk to. No matter what your major is, there is something you can learn from it,” Laken Smith, a junior, said.

Although the fair was filled with upperclassmen looking for jobs, attending the fair can be beneficial to freshmen too. Freshman Charlie Williams said he enjoyed going to the event to meet everyone and view “a bunch of opportunities.”

“I feel like the career fair is a great way to meet different companies and see how businesses work,” Brandon Barenz, a freshman, said.

All students and alumni were welcomed at the fair, giving them a preview of what it would be like to work with certain companies. A booth set up at the fair allowed students to talk one on one with employers and offered a personalized way to make a great first impression. While many employers there were returning from previous years, there were also some first timers. AIS Professional and Technical Marine Science Services was present for the first time.

AIS mission is to provide sustainability for future generations. They help prevent overfishing and work to protect natural resources. This employer was just one of the examples of a future career for a science major.

“Talk to everyone, ask all the questions. Don’t hold back, there are no bad questions.” William Byrd, an employee of AIS for 16 years, said.

Byrd said he is passionate about what he does and recruiting potential employees. Junior Kynnedy Dennis said she felt accepted at the fair as she had a positive experience.

“My favorite part about the career fair was how welcoming everybody at the tables were. Everybody was willing to help, everybody had opportunities for internships,” Dennis said. “[The employers] were open to telling you to email them or trying to find other ways to get you where you wanted to be.”

The next career fair will take place in the spring semester, to offer students and alumni another opportunity to access to future employers.