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Oswego Students and Grads a ‘Target' for Corporate Recruiters

 Penn State, Pitt, Oswego State: That's how retail giant Target ranks its best recruiting schools in the Northeast.

Career Fair at the Campus CenterIn fact, the continuous success of Oswego students who take internships and jobs in human resources, business and beyond has earned the college a "Tier I" status with the company and a $10,000 grant to keep it up.

"First and foremost, it's the quality of our students," explained Gary Morris '88, interim director of Oswego's Career Services Office. His office and division have forged strong relationships with Target and a number of other companies over the years by providing exceptional talent to them.

As a Tier I school, Oswego is eligible to apply for special grants from Target. A recent $10,000 award assists creation of a dynamic website that will highlight some of the college's "best and brightest," Morris said.

Students nominated by faculty and staff will be featured in videos on the site promoting leadership, career and campus involvement opportunities made possible by the Compass, a space in the Campus Center that puts all student services under one roof. Career Services is one of about a half-dozen offices located there.

All these efforts maintain an already strong relationship with Target and other businesses with student-oriented programs like Enterprise, Lowe's, Sherwin Williams, KPMG, Ernst & Young and a number of smaller firms in a variety of industries.

Morris essentially keeps these businesses on speed dial, bringing them in for career fairs, mock interviews and various workshops, including résumé building.

"Pick a topic and if someone like Target comes, it means more to students than if it were coming from me," said Morris, who emphasized Career Services works with firms from all sizes to make good matches for each student seeking assistance.

"It can be someone coming to campus, it can be companies on the other side of the world," he said. "We're going to work one-on-one with students to find the best fit."

Cameron E. Jones '09 took advantage of Target's presence, earning a spot in the retail giant's executive-in-training program the summer after his graduation. Today he is an executive team leader for Target, dabbling in all aspects of retail management, including recruitment and training.

His journey has provided an intimate look at the entire company, from the cashier line to the executive offices.

"The biggest thing I take from it is the entrepreneurial aspect in terms of being a business owner," Jones said. "It's a great experience because I'm thinking of starting my own business someday."

— Shane M. Liebler




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