Change Yields Positive Results at Annual Career Fair for Health Professions

Clarkson College held its sixth annual Career Fair for Health Professions on March 23. This year, more than 50 employers from the local area and beyond gathered to network with our students and alumni to provide information for future employment. A College-wide effort encouraged more than 215 students to attend and speak with all of the visiting organizations. Once again, employers were excited to attend and mentioned how impressed they were with the number of student participants and their overall preparation.

New this year and offered on a first come, first serve basis was the option for health care exhibitors to reserve a premium location at the Career Fair. Those who were fortunate enough to secure one of the seven available high- exposure spots outside of Howard Hall were deemed the event’s featured organizations and included Nebraska Medicine, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Fusion Medical Staffing, CHI, TMS Services, unityPoint Health – St. Luke’s and Maxim Healthcare Services.

Another modification made to the Career Fair this year provided students and alumni the opportunity to attend Professionalism Workshops scheduled each day of the week leading up to the Career Fair. Deb Tomek, Clarkson College Director of Human Resources, provided information on resume writing. Dr. Aubray Orduña, Clarkson College Dean of Nursing, provided information on career etiquette and the art of negotiation. Alumnae Nicole Hardin (’95, ’97), Director of Radiology at Children’s Hospital, and Deb Kozeny (’77, ’94), Nurse Practitioner, shared their advice on how to have a successful interview and how to best prepare for an interview. The workshop attendees felt each breakout session provided essential information and gave fresh insight in securing a health care position.

Academic Outreach Liaison Jon Clay traveled throughout Nebraska and Iowa last fall with the goal of building partnerships with health care organizations and Clarkson College. These efforts brought 17 new employers to this year’s Career Fair. Students and alumni appreciated the diverse rural and urban organization options at the event.

Employers frequently express a preference for Clarkson College students and graduates, and the Career Fair for Health Professions quickly and conveniently connects them to a professionally prepared group of potential applicants. If your organization would like to participate in this event in the future, contact Jon Clay at or 402.552.2944.