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Record Setting


  • The ONU fall career and graduate school fair was Thursday, Sept. 18., in the ONU Field House.
  • The fair was the largest on record in terms of the amount of recruiters and firms in attendance.
  • Polar Careers is responsible for putting on multiple career fairs throughout the year to assist students with placement into jobs, internships or graduate programs.
  • The fall fair included many new features including providing students with professional portraits.

The growth of the Ohio Northern University fall career and graduate school fair is exciting to behold. Two years ago, the 139 recruiting firms and 241 total recruiting personnel in attendance set new records. This year, Polar Careers hosted a whopping 181 companies, graduate schools, government and nonprofit organizations, and 307 individual recruiters all competing for current ONU students.

Equally impressive is to see those numbers come to life in the ONU Field House. For the first time, an ONU career fair filled the entire Field House floor. The wall-to-wall tables were the perfect metaphor for the University’s commitment to maximizing outcomes — a kind of Manifest Destiny for student placement. The third tenet of The Ohio Northern Promise is to deliver high-impact learning opportunities to students, precisely the kind of experiences that internships provide. The fourth is to continue delivering high rates of placement for graduates. Both are the focus of ONU career fairs.

Apart from sheer quantity, we like to believe that the quality of the career fair was raised this year as well, thanks to 58 ONU alumni who recruited on behalf of their firms. One such alumnus, Ryan Lowry, BSBA ’11, a business analyst for McDonald’s, was thrilled to return and excited to share his path with students.

“We are looking for marketing interns today, which is something I did while I was still a student at ONU,” he says. “But we are also here to raise awareness for McDonald’s as a career option. Students don’t realize the kinds of careers we can offer in many diverse fields. We truly do it all — marketing, accounting, legal, information technology, construction management, engineering, nutrition, just to name a few.”

Cover photo: Alumnae from left, Shana Tachikawa, Samantha Zalesak and Elizabeth Aiello of Stoltenberg Consulting speak to senior Bradley Trentman during the Ohio Northern University fall career and graduate school fair.

Polar Careers continues to seek ways to improve its career fairs, and this year was no exception. Apart from offering more opportunities in the form of 30 new companies, this career fair featured its first Skype recruiter and introduced a service to provide jobseekers with free professional headshots for use with personal online marketing tools such as websites, portfolios and LinkedIn profiles.

After the fair, 18 recruiting organizations remained on campus to conduct interviews with 71 candidates.

Polar Careers’ next fair is the Pharmacy Career Fair on Oct. 1, 2014. Pharmacy and pharmaceutical business majors (and alumni) seeking full-time positions, internships and residencies are invited to attend.

What they're saying...

#WhyONU? Ohio Mutual Insurance Group: "Your new Risk Management and Insurance major. You have what we are looking for." #ONUCareerFair

— Ohio Northern Univ. (@ohionorthern) September 18, 2014

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— FeneTech, Inc (@FeneTech) September 18, 2014

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— Carpenter Marty (@CMTran2013) September 18, 2014

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— Cooper Tire Careers (@CooperCareers) September 18, 2014

"Come visit Turner Construction Company at Ohio Northern University’s Career Fair and ask me how we implement...

— Turner Const Co-OHIO (@Turner_Ohio) September 18, 2014

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— Magna Careers (@MagnaCareers) September 18, 2014