On Wednesday, IUP held a career exposition and graduate school fair at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (KCAC) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This was available for all IUP students using the I-Card for free admission.
There were 48 booths of employers for various jobs, internships, programs and graduate schools.
“The purpose of this fair is for IUP students to make connections with potential employers as well as graduate schools or programs they might be interested in,” Bill Zimmerman, IUP’s assistant director for employer engagement, said.
Zimmerman said that he reaches out to people about events, but companies and colleges come to him in order to get interns and workers as well.
“Come to these events even if you are a first year or a sophomore; come and meet and talk with potential employers,” Zimmerman said.
Zimmerman said to learn about the employer’s position and the company that interests students as internships often end up leading to full-time positions.
“I’m here to get more information to see what direction to go in,” Kiarra Reilly (senior, criminology/psychology) said.
Lisabeth Breslawski (senior, criminology) was also attending the fair to get more information along with seeking internship opportunities.
Many students with a wide variety of majors can work for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Eddie Bell listed some of the benefits for working there such as loan forgiveness and up to 95 percent of salary while in school. This company will also pay for a master’s degree and social work after working for them for two years.
“Give it a shot. You never know until you try it,” Bell said.
Students engaged with employers about the various opportunities that they were offering at the event.
Preston Roczko (senior, marketing) was interested in the Sherwin-Williams’ table. With Roczko graduating in the spring, he said he wanted to make as many connections as he can before he enters the professional world.
“I am here to find a career and hopefully a job in the future,” Roczko said.
Tukisha Knight was the recruiter who spoke to Roczko. Knight said that there is a 90 percent internal hire rate with the Sherwin-Williams Company, meaning that they promote from within the company with their preexisting workers.
A fun fact that Knight shared was that the Golden Gate Bridge is painted with Sherwin-Williams paint.
“Paint your future here with Sherwin-Williams,” Knight said to Roczko.
Jesse Brown was talking to students about the IUP Student Affairs in Higher Education (SAHE) Program, and he was expected to recruit people and make connections with students.
“If you’ve enjoyed working as an undergraduate student, I would definitely consider student affairs as a program,” Brown said. “It gets more fun the more you do it, and keep your mind open because it is such a diverse field.”
The fair was mutually beneficial for students and recruiters. People were able to make connections and expand their network which will in turn expand their opportunities for future jobs and internships.
For more information, visit the Career and Professional Development Center on Pratt Drive or email career-development@iup.