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Career Day 2019 Attracts Mississippi College Students and Employers

Career Services Associate Director Taylor Ormon
Career Services Associate Director Taylor Ormon

Career Day 2019 will soon attract scores of employers to size up job-seeking Mississippi College students.

The MC Office of Career Services will sponsor the annual event Feb. 12 at Anderson Hall. The activity runs from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m.

Representatives are coming to the Clinton campus from school districts, government agencies and businesses to network with hundreds of students amid a brighter USA economy.

Last year’s event at Mississippi College drew 81 employers.

Students enrolled in MC’s electrical engineering program captured the attention of recruiters at the huge Nissan plant a year ago. Nissan employs 10,000 people at its Canton facility.

“Opportunities are ongoing” at Nissan operations in Mississippi and around the globe, said Nissan recruiter David Nieminen, a 1999 Mississippi College graduate.

Just two miles west of Clinton, Continental Tire is hiring in 2019. So are many other companies in the Magnolia State and across state lines. Whether they major in business, liberal arts, nursing, education, social work or the sciences, MC students are in big demand.

Taylor Ormon, the associate director of Career Services remained busy in early January signing up dozens of companies to attend.

Every year, staffers with the Clinton Public School District attend Career Day to recruit students in the School of Education. They’ve had a good success rate for years.

About 62 percent of the teachers, staff and administrators working in the Clinton public schools are MC graduates.

“We’ve had a strong partnership,” said Sandi Beason, public information officer for the Clinton district.

The U.S. Army Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Regions, Community bank, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, St. Dominic Hospital, the state Auditor’s Office and HORNE CPA group send recruiters to Mississippi College every year. School representatives from districts as far away as Texas and Florida make it a point to come, too.

The Office of Career Services staff will get an early jump on this year’s event. They are hosting a one-mile fun run on the Clinton campus for students on February 11. The event will be used to raise awareness about Career Day, Ormon said. “It will hopefully increase our student participation.”

Last year’s four-hour event attracted between 300 and 400 students.

Jobs are out there for the Class of 2019. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates total employment will increase by 20.5 million jobs from 2010 to 2020. There is significant growth in healthcare fields as the population ages.