A career fair, an entrepreneurship conference and a professional development training seminar are just a few of the opportunities at Berry for students.

In just the past few weeks, students have attended these programs, all the while networking and building strong professional skills for life beyond Berry. Every student is guaranteed a paid campus job at Berry, to complement their education. This gives them the chance to gain meaningful work experience before graduating college.  

“Career decision making typically happens in uncharted territory, we have experience helping students navigate that successfully,” said director of the Berry College Career Center Sue Tarpley.    

The Career Center at Berry holds multiple events including “Resume Basics” workshop, mock interviews, etiquette dinners, “Job Hunt” lunches and new this year, the “Worthwhile Work Training Series".

The “Worthwhile Work Training Series" is open to all upper level student workers and supervisors on topics such as customer service, conflict resolution and leadership. Speakers included Chick-fil-A executive Mark Moraitakis, Business Dean Joyce Heames and Head Football Coach Tony Kunczewski.

The career/internship fair Feb. 15 featured more than 60 companies including Mohawk Industries, the Tennessee Aquarium, the Peace Corps and Chick-fil-A. Many alumni who now work for these companies returned to campus to network with students.

And the annual Berry College SPARK Conference invited young entrepreneurs to hear speakers such as DynamiX CEO and alum Jeff Jahn and Senior Manager of Chick-fil-A Corporate Ryan Bowman.

“Berry does an incredible job of offering students with opportunities,” sophomore Anna Katherine Drew said. “Events such as the career and internship fair, create lasting connections and I love hearing about Berry students and where they are after graduation.”

Written by Public Relations Student Assistant Megan Benoit. Photos by Marketing and Communication student photographers Kathryn Lanyon and Jacob Bushey and staff photographer Brant Sanderlin