By Eric Bennardo
UPPER BURRELL, Pa.—Penn State New Kensington and CareerLink host eighth annual Alle-Kiski job fair at the campus where students find opportunities for potential employment.
Since 2006, Penn State New Kensington has partnered with CareerLink and hosts an annual career fair in the campus gymnasium. At the fair, upwards of fifty employers set up booths where they distribute flyers and packets of information to the several dozens of job-seekers who attend the event hoping to obtain an internship, and in some cases, full-time positions.
“We have always had a great turnout by the employers, and the student attendance has been steady over the years,” said Jim Shields, Director of Career Services at the campus. Shields also mentioned that despite the steady student attendance rates, less community members have been attending in recent years. “Due to the employment market and peoples’ attitudes towards unemployment and benefits the community attendance has been slightly lower,” Shields said.
Brianna DelleDonne, a junior studying Business Administration, said that she had a great experience at the fair. “I may have found a potential internship with Enterprise Rent-A-Car,” said DelleDonne.
Pat Hollinger, the Co-Director of Continuing Education works closely with Shields in promoting the event and inviting recruiters to attend the fair. She concurred with Shields on the fact that there were less job-seekers from within the community. “However, the people who did attend the fair seemed as though they were more qualified to fill the positions that employers were seeking to fill,” said Hollinger.
Jess Logston, a sophomore studying Information Science and Technology was seeking an internship opportunity at the fair. “Overall it was nice,” said Logston. “There were more employers there than I thought there would be,” she added. Logston also said that she thought that it was a great way to connect with people who represented all kinds of different industries in one place.
After each fair, Career Services and CareerLink go through the statistics as well as look back on their marketing strategies to see if any improvements can be made for future job fairs. “We have found that if we do more follow-up with the students, community members and employers after the fair is over that we can get a more accurate representation of how people got their information about the event,” said Shields. “More posters and hitting more spots where people seem to gravitate in order to get their news and event information,” Hollinger said.
The following dates and events will be taking place later in the Fall semester and during the Spring 2015 term:
- November 14 (Fri.) MSIT Day (Math, Science, Information Technology), Monroeville
- January 28 (Wed.) Engineering Career Day at University Park
- January 30- February 1 Penn State West Leader Launch, Pittsburgh
- February (TBD) Westmoreland Regional Job Fair (WANT), Greensburg
- March 11 (Wed.) Western PA Job & Internship Fair, Monroeville
- March (TBD) Penn State’s Spring Career Days at University Park