Students get down to business at expo
Jen Rainey | Collegio Reporter
Students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from a variety of companies and organizations Tuesday, Sept. 20. A career expo took place in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
“The career expo lets me network and get my resume out, even though there were companies not looking for an internal auditing position,” said Jason Hall, senior in information systems.
Through the expo, Hall was able to schedule interviews with three companies in his field. He says he spoke with Consolidated Graphics, Wal-Mart and Protiviti. Other companies that were present at the expo included Aegis Communications, American Ramp Co., Arvest, Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Stores, Buckle Inc., Caterpillar Inc., Cessna Aircraft, CNH America LLC, Chanute Manufacturing, C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., Collective Brands, Consolidated Graphics, Downstream Casino Resort, EFG Companies, Farmers Insurance Group, First Investors Corporation, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, JET Program, Leggett & Platt Inc., MHC Kenworth, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Modine Manufacturing Co., ONEOK, Inc., Peerless Products Inc., Plastipak Packaging Inc., Sherwin-Williams, The Sherwin-Williams Company-Automotive Division, Social Security Administration, Southwire Company, State Farm Insurance, Tank Connection, TE Connectivity, Tires Plus, Toyota Financial Services, United Rotary Brush Company and Officer Program. Schools, including Kansas State University, PSU Graduate School and Washburn University School of Law, were also on hand. Organizations with booths included PSU Jungle Journeys and US Marine Corps Officer Program.
“We send a notice through the Gorillas 4 Hire website” said Mindy Cloninger, director of career services. “We invite everyone to come and follow up w
ith companies who have attended in the past.”
David Hogard, assistant director of career services, spends time traveling to various companies throughout the year. Cloninger says Hogard does this in order to build relationships between these companies and PSU. It’s these companies that are often present at the career expos on campus. Mail with information on the event is also sent to about 2,200 companies and organizations in hopes they will attend.
“Our number of organizations and businesses at the expo is up this year, so we’re happy about that,” Cloninger said. “After the economy went down, it’s been an uphill climb, but it’s improving.”
Cloninger says it’s difficult to tell how many students actually find jobs because of the career expo. However, it is one of the various ways for students to seek out companies. She advises students to meet with potential employers two years in a row, work as an intern with one of the companies and hopefully get a job interview.
“You have a face-to-face talk instead of sending an email,” said Hall. “It’s better than a web search, because when you speak face to face with a representative of a company you get a sense of what working there is really like.”
Although this specific expo was catered toward students seeking degrees in business and industry, there are other expos that take place on campus. Students in the College of Technology were able to meet with companies in their fields Wednesday, Sept. 21. That jobs fair featured businesses in the fields of automotive technology, construction management, construction engineering, engineering, and graphics and imaging. A career expo for students in health, human services and education scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom of the student center.