Wolfpack Student-Athletes Take Part in Job Fair
Feb. 25, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - Over 60 NC State student-athletes took part in the Wolfpack 1st and Goal job fair at the Talley Student Center Coastal Ballroom, speaking to 30 different local and national companies that were on hand for the event.
"We are very excited about the interest in our student-athletes, and in turn providing opportunities for our student-athletes to speak to companies for internships and post graduate employment," said Tonya Washington, NC State Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Development & Community Relations. "These companies are looking for student-athletes in particular, so we thought it would be a good partnership between us and the companies that are here."
The two and half hour event gave NC State student-athletes a chance to network with local and national companies, share their resumes with prospective employers and apply for internships and post-graduate job opportunities.
"I'm looking for something where I can work in an industry type setting and today has been very helpful," said sophomore industrial engineering major and NC State track and field student-athlete Jonathan Addison. "You get a chance to talk to companies, network, learn about the company and find out about job opportunities, so this has been extremely helpful."
Paul Stewart, general manager of the Greenville, N.C division of Edwards, Inc., a full-service industrial contractor serving North Carolina and the surrounding states, was on hand to scout and recruit NC State student-athletes who share a passion for engineering and business.
"The engineering and business schools at NC State are great, said Stewart. "In our field we work hand-in-hand on a day-to-day basis with engineers, relative to what we do at Edwards, Inc. and because of that, we're excited to talk to and recruit NC State students who have an interest in engineering or business."
Zina Grogg, a senior on the swimming and diving team who is majoring in sports management, enjoyed the real-world aspect that the job fair provided.
"It was good practice even if the person you were talking to was offering a job that wasn't related to your specific field," said Grogg. "It was sort of like a job interview, and good practice for future job interviews."