More than 840 students and alumni took part in the 2023 Virtual Career Services Fair at University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC), an online event that enabled students and alumni to interact with potential employers on audio and visual streams, as well as through online chats.
Nearly 2,400 job applications were submitted during the course of the March 24 event, which brought together students, alumni, and employers across 43 states and 17 countries. The career fair is the largest and most iconic of the many job-recruitment events organized each year by the university’s Career Services team.
The event featured 55 employers and 249 employer representatives who interacted with potential job candidates. Companies that hire nationally and across several majors dominated the career fair including TISTA Science & Technology Corp., Revature, Apex Systems, MilliporeSigma, CACI International Inc., MedStar Health, the U.S. Department of State, Edward Jones, Federal Bureau of Investigation and HSBC.
“This is a great opportunity for us to engage the many students with STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics] backgrounds and majors,” said Donald Jones, the team lead for recruitment and outreach operations at Army Civilian Careers. “Definitely looking forward to participating again next year.”
Many UMGC students pursue degrees to advance in their careers, change to new professions or, in the case of military students, transition to the private sector.
“I loved the fair and enjoyed talking to so many students, especially the ones stationed in Japan,” said Pablo Paganini, a recruiter with the U.S. Department of State who holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from UMGC. “I will definitely attend another career fair.”
In tandem with organizing the career fair, the UMGC Career Services team also raised $12,000 worth of sponsorship and $20,000 in total funds from the event to support the Career Resource Center Foundation. Funds were also donated to the Veterans Assistance Fund at UMGC.