Students explore job opportunities at Career Fair
By Katrina Neveri
The companies came from throughout the region to Main Place of Wyllie Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Their purpose: to recruit students and recent graduates for potential employment.
More than two dozen companies and government agencies visited campus according to UW-Parkside Employer Relations Coordinator Bryan Hughes. C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Johnson Financial Group, Merrill Lynch, Mutual of Omaha, Northwestern Mutual, SC Johnson, and WE Energies were a few of the major employers attending the Career Fair.
UW-Parkside Class of 2011 graduate Jessica Pawlowski attended the fair as a working professional and representative for C.H. Robinson Worldwide.
"I actually got my internship at C.H. Robinson through the Career Fair at UW-Parkside." Majoring in business management with a concentration in marketing, Pawlowski credits the Career Fair for her professional success. "There were two of us from UW-Parkside working as interns, and I was chosen to be hired-on full time. The company is expanding and we're always looking for potential new employees."
The Career Fair is not only an opportunity for students, but also for local employers. Jon Palmen, president of Athletic Republic, a performance sports training facility in Libertyville, Ill., uses the UW-Parkside Career Fair to recruit sports management interns and potential full-time employees.
"I rely on UW-Parkside and other universities to connect with students. UW-P student Westin Swager is one of the interns I employ. I also recently hired full-time trainer and UW-Parkside graduate Andy Heller," Palmen said.The opportunities are endless, as students have the potential to gain valuable working experience through internships, often finding full-time employment. Students are encouraged to attend each year to explore the fair's numerous career possibilities.