Finding a Career – Virtually

September 30, 2020

This year we’ve seen a number of “firsts” in response to COVID-19. This is especially true when it comes to events and projects that usually would be held in-person.

For example, FirstEnergy’s recruiting team recently participated in a virtual career fair for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). And it was a huge event – more than 5,000 people attended.

“This was our first virtual large-scale career fair. Typically, we attend career fairs in person but when COVID-19 hit, we had to switch gears and take the virtual route. Until we hear otherwise, all career fairs will be virtual in the near future,” said John Rogers, HR representative IV.

According to George Stanley, supervisor, Major Equipment, and FirstEnergy business lead for the event, the company became involved as a result of our Ambassador Program.

“The program allows for employees to establish connections with different talent streams such as professional and collegiate organizations and colleges and universities, to help in the company’s efforts to acquire new, diverse talent,” said George.

During the career fair, attendees could check out the FirstEnergy virtual booth and talk with members of our recruitment team about co-op, intern and full-time engineer positions at FirstEnergy.

“I think the event was very successful. We spoke with a variety of individuals about FirstEnergy and the many interesting things we are doing, as well as job opportunities,” said George. “And we received nearly 2,000 resumes after the event.”

In addition to John and George, employees who participated included Samuel Pierre-Louis, vice president, Information Technology and event executive sponsor; Dewayne Edwards, manager, Transmission Metering; Aishwarya Gandhi, engineer II; Terry Malone, special assignment, Diversity & Inclusion; Ted McQuain, HR representative IV; Marissa Mroczynski, HR representative II; Kathleen Murphy, supervisor, IT Solutions; Juan Robinson, manager, Transmission Operations Support; Darlene Shuler, HR representative III; and Vanessa Moline Thompson, engineer II.

The team would like to extend special thanks to Kathleen, who was heavily involved in planning the event.

Founded in 1975, NSBE has more than 600 chapters and more than 24,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad. NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.​