On September 26, UMUC’s Career Services team hosted more than 150 attendees both in-person and online during September’s Recruiter Session that included representatives from GEICO, American Diabetes Association, Randstad and UMUC Human Resources. The event was hosted at the UMUC Academic Center in Largo and online. The event gave attendees information and insight into the various career opportunities and work culture within the private, staffing and non-profit sectors.
The event began with an interactive industry panel discussion moderated by Harriet Smith, program chair for UMUC’s Interdisciplinary Studies and Management department. Amongst the panelists were Peter Berlin, corporate recruiter for GEICO, Alki Thompson, recruiter with the American Diabetes Association, Kareemah Woodard, UMUC alumnus and director of Executive Consulting with Randstad, and Kelly Coleman, recruitment relationship manager with UMUC Human Resources. The panel shared information and insight about the culture within their respective agency and what to expect when applying for various career opportunities to include temporary, internships, and full-time positions. The session also included time for questions and answers from the attendees.
“We truly enjoyed the opportunity to inform, engage and network with the UMUC faculty, staff and students,” said Woodard. “We learned a lot as well about your stakeholders’ needs and how possibly Randstad can connect and collaborate with you all in the future.”
Shortly after the panel, the panelists engaged in speed networking with the in-person attendees allowing for additional questions and feedback on their resume and interview skills. The networking component also gave each in-person attendee the opportunity to connect directly with a recruiter to practice their interview pitch. The online attendees can submit their resumes to the recruiters as well and have access to the recruiters contact information for additional questions and feedback after the event.
“We connected with so many students that amazing experience,” said Berlin. “They were very professional and very well prepared. We hope to schedule some interviews within the very near future.”
To listen to a recording of this event, click here.
If you have any questions about future career events, please call your UMUC Career Services office at 240-684-2720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darren Cox serves as the Director of Employer Services with UMUC and primarily works to connect UMUC students/alumni to employers. Darren has over 14 years’ experience in the career and workforce development arena in the non-profit, District of Columbia Government and University sectors. Some of the keys responsibilities in Darren’s current role are to meet with employers to identify their recruitment needs and work to connect ideal UMUC candidates to open positions.