Pittsburg State held its annual career fair today with help from local and international businesses.
Pitt State is looking to bridge the gap between students and their possible employers. Some local companies at the fair say they hope students consider being a part of the local workforce before looking to find employment elsewhere.
More than 100 local and international businesses stopped in for this year’s PSU annual career fair. The career day gave students from all majors the chance to meet with employers face-to-face for a potential internship or full-time opportunity.
“Today they can just come in and interact with so many different companies and organizations, and there’s actual hiring opportunities going on. So it’s a wonderful experience for our students,” says Mindy Cloninger, Career Services, PSU.
And some companies are hoping students are looking to stay local. Rhonda Wooley from Backyard Discovery in Pittsburg says they come to the event each year to remind students they don’t have to leave the area to find a good job after graduation.
“Since we’re from the area and we’re local, we would actually like to have students that want to stay local, that maybe have been born and raised here and don’t want to leave. And so we feel that it’s really important to be a part of this today,” says Rhonda Wooley, Human Resources, Backyard Discovery.
And one student might take that offer. Divya Reddy is a student in PSU’s Business Marketing program. She says the small town vibe is what made her fall in love with Pittsburg, and it’s the same thing that might make her stay.
“I’m very used to this region, I like people here and I like the small town vibe. And that is what will keep me here in Pittsburg. Because I’m used to, or habituated to these people,” says Divya Reddy.
The event was free for Pitt State students to attend. And the school even helped roll out an interactive app for students to use at the event that would help give them information on employers and give interviewing tips.