Career Fair and Law School Spotlight Assists Students at University Campus

March 12, 2014

There was a familiar face at the 2014 Career Fair and Law School Spotlight Tuesday at University Campus, only this time, Oscar Redden ’13/’11 wasn’t looking for a job. He had found his first professional position at the very same event in 2013. So this week, he was back with his employer recruiting prospective new hires from Saint Leo at the event, sponsored by Saint Leo University Career Services.

More than 160 students attended to see the 19 employers and 12 law schools represented at the fair.

Redden, who earned both his Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in management from the Donald R. Tapia School of Business, is now pursuing a career in logistics at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. He currently works at a distribution center that serves 111 stores in a 90-mile radius of Tampa.

Always a highly-motivated individual, Redden took advantage of every opportunity afforded him at the university. “I was diligent and persistent from Day One and it paid off with my new career in logistics,” said Redden. He attended as many events as possible during his six years at the university. Among his many accomplishments, he was named the Resident Assistant of the Year in 2011 and contributed more than 100 hours of community service to organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club. He was also a member of the American Marketing Association, which he credits as a valuable networking organization.

Redden credits much of his success to the numerous programs offered by Saint Leo Career Services. Information on resume writing, interviewing techniques, presentation skills, networking, and how to create a compelling “elevator pitch,” are some of the beneficial services that aided his career search.

Career Services helps students sharpen their skills and strategies to put their best foot forward. “When competing for jobs and opportunities to advance their career, we provide support to students every step of the way, from the first day of class to their post-graduation job search,” said Rob Liddell, director of career services. “The annual career fair, practical online tools, feedback, assessments, and encouragement, are all part of what our office provides students,” continued Liddell.

“My education at Saint Leo University helped prepare me for my career,’’ stated Redden. “Through my own initiative, I paved my own way and created an avenue of opportunity. Proper planning and the advice and guidance provided by Career Services, were invaluable,” he concluded.