335 students attend career fair
The career fair was from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Center Ballroom. There were roughly 33 businesses in attendance and 335 students.
There was a wide variety of businesses that attended ranging from insurance companies to probation offices to the Marine Corps. to the U.S. Postal Service.
Roughly seven of the attending businesses were searching for possible interns, among those were Aflac, District 12 Probation, Enterprise Holdings, Farmers Coop Elevator, First National Bank of Chadron, Simplot, and WESTCO.
There were career opportunities for students of various majors, the most dominating among them were health professions, business, criminal justice and communication.
For those who couldn’t find anything directly appealing to them at the career fair itself, the Nebraska Department of Labor was in attendance.
Jill Langemeier, of Alliance, said the Nebraska Department of Labor had an app to help students find local jobs both full-time and part-time. This app is available in both the app store for Apple and Google play for Android devices.
“I just want to get the word out there so more students will register on the site,” Langemeier said.
While Principal is a retirement and income solution company, the company consider itself a “stepping stone into business,” Brook Sautter, of Grand Island, said.
Principal is head quartered in Des Moines, Iowa, but is stationed in 18 countries and employs roughly 15,000 people, according to Tanya Gebhard, of Grand Island.
Possibly one of the most diverse opportunities for students at the career fair was the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Representative Becky Morford, of Hot Springs, South Dakota, said the student’s major didn’t matter.
She said there were opportunities for almost every field of study. Engineering, communications and criminal justice were a few she listed and then added that there were “several more.”
“I’m hoping to find a possible job or an internship for the summer,” Daniel Espinosa, 20, junior of Blackhawk, South Dakota, said.
Levi Kaiser, 18, freshman of Casper, Wyoming, used the fair as an opportunity to get ideas. He said he wanted to see what is out there.
Freshmen weren’t the only ones using the career fair for inspiration.
“I’m here to learn new things and broaden my view of what I’m looking for. I want to get an education and see what’s out there,” Fanuel Gebremariam, 22, senior of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said.
Some students were merely there for class requirements but several were there to make actual use of the fair. Dressed in suit and tie or formal business attire, students also used it as a serious opportunity to look for summer jobs and sometimes permanent jobs after graduation.
“This is our highest number since we’ve been keeping record which was in 1989,” said Janet Hartman, of Chadron.