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Lander’s Graduate School and Career Fair Largest in Over a Decade

Lander University student Tanay Singh, a junior mathematics major and business minor from Columbia, speaks with a recruiter from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) during Lander's Graduate School & Career Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Photo by Laura Brown.

Making good on its commitment to helping students launch their careers or continue their education at the graduate level, Lander University hosted representatives from 56 employers and graduate programs during its Graduate School & Career Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Grier Student Center.

Even though he's a junior mathematics major and business minor, Tanay Singh, of Columbia, is using the annual event as a networking opportunity for potential future employers. "I just spoke with a recruiter from BMW who remembered meeting me during last year's event, and he's already recommending me for several positions," he said.

Other employers joining BMW at the event included: BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Fujifilm Manufacturing USA Inc., the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Greenwood Genetic Center, Human Technologies Inc., Greenwood Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, the U.S. Armed Forces, and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Among the graduate programs represented were Lander's Montessori Education program, the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, Clemson University College of Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte College of Health and Human Services, Troy University, the Medical University of South Carolina - College of Dental Medicine, and East Tennessee State University.

"With 56 employers and universities taking part, this was the largest turnout we've had in almost a decade," said Amanda Morgan, Director of Career Services at Lander.

Lori Bassett, Director of Communications for the Greenwood Genetic Center, said the company views Lander's Graduate School & Career Fair as an opportunity to hire graduates with a distinct skillset. "Lander is unique in having a genetic emphasis in its biology department, so the Lander graduates we hire tend to have more experience with genetics," she said. "While we look primarily for science and computer majors, we're also on the lookout for anyone who can fit into our offerings. The field of genetics is becoming very much data driven so those with a computer science background are especially valuable."