Just one year after graduation, Peter Reid ’13 returned to campus on March 19 to participate in the University’s Annual Veterans’ Career Fair and Military Expo. While this year he attended as an employer, the previous year he went in a different capacity: as a student veteran seeking employment. “The career fair gave me an opportunity to create professional connections in a veterans-friendly setting and to receive a job offer before I graduated from Rider,” says Reid.
Much like Reid, William (Bill) Stahl ’07 regularly comes back to campus to participate in veterans’ events and recruit accounting majors for WithumSmith+Brown, PC, a prominent New Jersey public accounting firm. “I am excited to return to Rider and talk with the veterans to help get them hired. Veterans bring skills to the table that our typical candidate does not,” he says.
Stahl, a supervisor with the firm and also a veteran, completed his degree through the College of Continuing Studies while working full time.
Supporting veterans is a large part of the University’s history. When Rider first opened its doors, most of the members of the inaugural class were Civil War veterans. The present-day Lawrenceville campus was acquired to meet the enrollment demands of World War II veterans. And today, as a proud Yellow Ribbon University, Rider is committed to serving the educational needs of active duty service members and veterans and their beneficiaries.
The Veterans’ Career Fair and Military Expo is a part of that commitment. Over 100 employers and veterans Service Organizations gathered to offer career opportunities, information and support to both student and nonstudent attendees. Optional breakout sessions were also provided on related subjects such as career paths, transitioning from the military to civilian life, resume writing and interview skills.
For more information on upcoming events, call 609-896-5033 or email [email protected].