Original article published by WMU Athletics at: https://wmubroncos.com/news/2022/10/26/general-broncos-empowered-hosts-career-fair-for-student-athletes.aspx
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The newly-created Broncos Empowered program put on its first event for Western Michigan student-athletes on Tuesday as it hosted a career fair.
In partnership with the WMU Career Center and the Michigan Career Educator & Employer Alliance (MCEEA), more than 30 employers from the Southwest Michigan area and beyond were in attendance, representing companies from a wide variety of fields, including healthcare, finance, education, sports and criminal justice. A total of 188 Bronco student-athletes gathered to meet with and learn about these employers as they look forward to their careers after WMU.
"It was great to see our student-athletes participating in the first Broncos Empowered program," Senior Associate Athletics Director, Broncos Empowered and Championship Culture Julian Jones said. "One of the reasons my role was created, was to provide opportunities and resources for our student-athletes to be prepared for life after sports, and this event was planned to do just that. I am so grateful to have been able to work with the Career Center and MCEEA to put this event on and bring 30 employers and 188 student-athletes together to allow them this opportunity to network."
"We have to be intentional about getting our student-athletes in front of the right people," Jones continued. "This was the first event of our four-year career and professional development plan, with a core values workshop and dining etiquette program scheduled for later this semester. I do this work to help develop our student-athletes holistically while being intentional, and I have received a ton of positive feedback already."
This was the first event for the Broncos Empowered program, with one of the main focuses of the program to promote the holistic development of Western Michigan student-athletes. This includes career development and graduate school prep, leadership development, personal development, financial education, community service, diversity and inclusion, personal brand management and NIL.
Tuesday's program was well-received by the student-athletes in attendance, who were eager to share their feedback about the event:
"The career fair helped me connect with great employers and receive some internship opportunities." – Vianney Durand, Redshirt junior Defender, Men's Soccer
"The student-athlete career fair was a great opportunity for networking and learning more about potential companies I could work for! I enjoyed speaking with real professionals in my major (Finance) and the different pieces of advice they had to offer!"
– Boone Bonnema, Redshirt sophomore Linebacker, Football
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to be able to attend the career fair in order to network and branch out to set myself up for my future career."
– Karin Hamilton, Junior, Women's Tennis
More than 70 employers looking to hire for job openings will be represented at Washtenaw Community College’s (WCC) Fall Career & Internship Fair on Thursday, October 13.
The public and WCC students alike are invited to attend. It’s the first in-person fair since March 2020 and will be from 4-6 p.m. in the newly renovated Morris Lawrence Building on campus, 4800 E. Huron River Drive.
Employers will represent the automotive, advanced manufacturing, banking/mortgage, computer science, education/childcare, engineering, health care, IT, music/entertainment, restaurant/hotel, welding/fabrication and other sectors. Full-time, part-time and internship positions are open.
Attendees are invited to attend free online workshops to help prepare for the fair. To register, email email@example.com. The workshops are:
Businesses registered to participate include Amazon, Adventure Center, Busch’s Fresh Food Market, Crown Equipment Corporation, Menlo Innovations, Michigan Medicine, Northwestern Mutual South Eastern Michigan, ProMedica, Promess Inc., various departments from the State of Michigan, Zingerman’s and many more.
Attendees are encouraged to check the career fair webpage for the complete list of companies. The list will be updated regularly.
Friday, April 8, 2022
10 a.m. – Noon and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join up to 50 employers recruiting at each session, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. Each session includes companies hiring from a range of industries looking to hire for open positions. Attendees are encouraged to register for both sessions. The fair is free and open to the public.
Attendees wishing to interview should upload a current resume during registration as well as research hiring companies and job postings prior to the event.
Register for the Morning Session: 10 a.m. to noon
Register for the Afternoon Session: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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As a Governor of Michigan once said, "Public service is truly a noble profession. It is not for everyone but is required for any great society to exist." So tell your students, alumni, your family, your friends, the unemployed, the under-employed, anyone who may be interested. We need talent to solve problems for the betterment of our state. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes tuition reduction at select colleges and universities. Join us in serving the people of Michigan.
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