By Shelby Townsend
LIU Promise hosted its Student Employment Day on Friday, Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tilles Center. Over 250 students showed up looking for a variety of on and off-campus employment opportunities.
After checking in at the Tilles Center atrium, students browsed the tables of over 40 different departments. Various opportunities were available, such as: LIU Promise, The Pratt Center, and off-campus opportunities included Bethpage Credit Union.
“Student Employment Day is a one stop shop for students,” said Ali DiBona, the Senior Associate Director of LIU Promise. “They can find a job and complete the hiring paperwork all at Student Employment Day.”
Chris Casey, the representative for Bethpage Credit Union, has been coming to this event for four years looking for a student ambassador to promote and market Bethpage’s services. He is also on campus representing Bethpage throughout the year.
“The eagerness of the students has been fantastic,” Casey said. “The turnout has been great, the students are engaged, and it’s worth their while.”
Marisa Vessenmeyer, a freshman Biology major, hoped to find a job to earn some extra money. She said her friend was able to receive hours and start work study quickly, and she was able to find a similar job.
“I also like all the opportunities to meet new people, and all of the different opportunities on campus,” Vessenmeyer said.
Candra Carter, a senior Sociology major, attended for the second year in a row.
“There were a lot more job opportunities, especially on-campus businesses,” Carter said, referring to Bleeker Street, The Dollhouse, The Pioneer Wagon, and the Twisted Taco, the new campus restaurants, stores, and cafes.
Although several of the students who attended agreed that the event was set up nicely, and it was a good opportunity for students, there is room for improvement.
“They could have made more posters or sent more emails to help spread the word,” Vessenmeyer said.
Although Student Employment Day is only held once a year, students can visit career.liu.edu for more information about on-campus employment.