Valparaiso University’s Career Center hosted the Part-Time Jobs Fair to give students a look at the employment opportunities available to them. The fair took place in Harre Union on the first floor on Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The Part-Time Jobs Fair is a great event to kick off the school year by bringing Valpo students and local employers together,” said Kelly Anthony, Assistant Director of the Career Center. “Getting a part-time job allows students to earn extra money for college, build their resumes, develop new job skills and gain professional experience--all with employers that understand a student’s demanding academic schedule.”
The fair gave students a chance to connect with local employers and potentially give them part time employment opportunities in Valparaiso. On campus job opportunities include those from Parkhurst Dining, Undergraduate Admission, Recreation Sports, Athletics and the Chapel of Resurrection.
The employers from near campus that were included in the job fair are Cafe 306, a recently-opened Chick-fil-a, Chipotle, Designer Desserts, Hilltop Neighborhood House, Indiana Beverage, Inman’s Fun and Party Center, Applebees and many more.
“Right now we have three or four Valpo students who are working at our night warehouse and it's just a great way to make money while you’re going to school and works well around students' schedules,” said Debbie Walls, Human Resources Assistant of Indiana Beverage. “Night shift is Sunday through Thursday and starts at 4:00 p.m. where students can work three or four nights a week.”
Vanessa Sands, General Manager of Designer Desserts, noted a similar flexibility in working for their company.
“It’s easy hours and it's not so demanding. You just answer phone calls, sell the product, take some custom orders, so it’s fun,” said Sands. “We have morning, afternoon and night shifts, and we close at 8:00 p.m. so it’s not too late at night. Some shifts are five hours and some are eight. We are really flexible.”
Other employers that attended the Job Fair off-campus are Kohls, Strack and Van Til, the Valparaiso YMCA, Porter County Education Services, Pines Village Retirement Communities, Peddler’s Pizza Pub, Marshalls, Lincoln Flats, Kelsey’s Steakhouse and JCPenney.
Pines Village is currently looking to fill positions that involve interacting with elders as well as dining servers.
“We are a not for profit retirement community in Porter County, and we intentionally hire students to interact with our elders, and we have $2,000 a year that we give each student that also works for scholarships,” said Michele Murphy, VP of Nutrition Services and Community Education at the Pines Village. “We have three shifts per week, so it can be late afternoon until early evening, weekends or a full or half day-- whatever works.”
There are four other upcoming fall career fairs that are being hosted by the Career Center during this semester. The Engineering, Science and Technology Fair is being held Sept. 23. The Business, Human Services and Government Fair is Oct. 21, the All Majors Virtual Fair is Nov. 4 and the Nursing and Health Professions Fair is Dec. 3.
For more information, contact the Valpo Career Center at 219-464-5005.