Enabling students in its health-focused programs to connect with potential employers from throughout western New York and Pennsylvania, Alfred State College (ASC) recently held a nursing and medical-related career fair in the lobby of its Physical and Health Sciences Building.
Elaine Morsman, director of the Career Development Center at Alfred State, noted that the demand for employees in these fields is stronger than ever, and that ASC is well-suited to help meet that demand.
“Employers came from Buffalo, Rochester, Bath, and Pennsylvania, as well as local facilities to recruit our talented students in nursing and other medical-related career paths,” she said. “When we informally surveyed the recruiters at last year’s fair, we found that nine agencies had the potential to hire 100-plus students.”
Students found the event to be particularly helpful for their career search, as this occasion provided an opportunity for them to focus their search and accommodate their busy schedules.
Taylor Dechow, a nursing major from Randolph, said, “I like that they have a career fair separate for nursing. Instead of me wandering around looking for tables that say ‘nursing’ or ‘hospital’ on them, I know they’re all right here. It’s way less stressful to just go from table to table, hand in your résumé, and already know what you’re there for.”
In addition to convenience, the career fair also provided students with an opportunity to meet with employers they are interested in working for once they graduate. Dorothy Nicoll, a nursing major from Le Roy, had her eye on Highland Hospital, where her cousin is employed and her mother recently received care from an excellent nursing staff.
Overall, more than 30 students enrolled in the two- and four-year RN and medical-related programs (e.g. radiology technology) met with employers from western New York and Pennsylvania.
Employers who participated in the career fair included Bath Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Catholic Health System (résumé collection only), Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Elderwood at Hornell, Guthrie Healthcare System (résumé collection only), Highland Hospital, Rochester Regional Health (résumé collection only), St. James Mercy Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center, University of Rochester School of Nursing, and Wellness G.I.F.T.S. Inc.