From the Classroom to the Boardroom
Kennesaw State strives to serve its students from their first days on campus when they are figuring out their chosen majors to their final semesters as they seek those first post-college jobs. During those years between first walking onto campus and then walking across the stage with a diploma, KSU works hard to provide students with the tools they need for developing successful careers. While there are seemingly endless examples of students gaining those tools from their classroom experiences, there are also cases when students will prepare for their long-term careers through those experiences outside of the traditional classroom. That’s where the Department of Career Planning and Development comes into the picture.
With resources ranging from career and internship fairs to one-on-one career planning to hands-on workshops, Executive Director Ana Baida and the staff of Career Planning and Development have the interests of students firmly in mind. Hosting more than 750 employers annually through career fairs, networking events, and on-campus interviews, the team helps thousands of students each semester find what they need to start or expand their careers.
One example is tomorrow’s All-Majors Job and Internship Fair, which will host approximately 160 companies representing industries that hire from all majors at KSU. This is a premier event for some of the country’s top companies, including Cox Communications, CryoLife, Hapag-Lloyd, Mohawk, Norfolk Southern, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, United States Secret Service, The Hershey Company, UPS, and Yamaha. The all-majors fair is one of eight job and internship fairs the department hosts each year, including opportunities for STEM majors on the Marietta Campus; a fair for education, government, and nonprofit jobs; and a job fair for healthcare-related fields.
These career fairs showcase Kennesaw State’s role as a driver in the local, regional and national business communities. The list of participating companies also demonstrates that employers are seeking KSU students due to their academic prowess and notable work ethic.
And the job and internship fairs are just one piece of what Career Planning offers students every day. Every college at KSU has a dedicated career and internship advisor ready to help students in a wide variety of activities, including career exploration, creation and improvement of resumes and cover letters, and interview preparation. At the same time, they have direct links to people in the business world to connect students to internship and co-op programs. With KSU’s upgrade of its career management system to the industry-standard Handshake platform, students are able to connect with a larger pool of career recruiters. At present, we have 9,500-plus jobs and internships available for students in Handshake.
Students at Kennesaw State have a vast array of career resources available through the Department of Career Planning and Development. The university is ambitious in its quest to serve students both through their academic years as well as into their chosen careers.