New partnership gives Florida Polytechnic University students access to new career opportunities

May 08, 2019
New partnership gives Florida Polytechnic University students access to new career opportunities
Each year Florida Poly hosts a university-wide career fair on campus to help students find jobs and internships (pictured above). Beginning this week, Florida Poly students will also have the opportunity to participate in the Statewide Job Fair along with students from all 11 other state universities.

LAKELAND, Fla.– For the first time, Florida Polytechnic University will have a presence at the annual Statewide Job Fair, one of the largest career events in the state focused on the recruitment of graduates and alumni from Florida’s public universities.

This years’ event will be held Wednesday, May 8 at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando. The job fair is organized by the Florida Career Centers (FCC) and attracts more than 150 employers. More than 1,800 students and alumni are expected to attend this year seeking full-time positions as well as internships.

“This statewide career fair is a great platform for more companies to recognize Florida Poly talent,” said Pairris Jones, associate director of career services at Florida Poly. “As we grow, larger companies are noticing the caliber of the student we are graduating and it is positively impacting our reputation.”

Florida Poly was invited this year to become a member of the FCC, a group of career directors from state universities focused on supporting professional development opportunities among its members. With Florida Poly joining recently, all of the 12 public universities are now part of the FCC.

“We’re excited to be members of the FCC. This membership will allow our students to have even more opportunities and connections to companies who are hungry for innovative talent, and it will greatly benefit the trajectory of their careers,” said Jones.

Myrna Hoover, current chair of the FCC, said the consortium was created to share information and best practices and to promote Career Centers as a resource to identify qualified, highly motivated, job-ready candidates.

“We’re delighted to have Florida Poly on board,” said Hoover, who is also the career service director for Florida State University (FSU). “Our mission is to help all of our graduates with their entry into the workforce while providing employers the opportunity to hire top talent.”

Florida Polytechnic University is the only state institution with a curriculum exclusively focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). This gives Florida Poly students an advantage over graduates from other schools, according to Jones.

“Florida Poly adds new energy and innovative thinking to the engineering, logistics, computer science, and data analytics talent pools,” said Jones.

Lydia Guzman
Assistant Director of Communications