'Find Your Future' Feb. 7 on Big Ten Network features career fair tips

University Park, Pa. -- As spring approaches, college students across the nation are focusing on their future plans, seeking summer jobs and internships and securing their first full-time positions.

For college students from freshmen to seniors, attending a career fair can be a significant step toward achieving professional goals. The second episode of "It's Your Time: Find Your Future," a Big Ten Network show produced by Penn State, offers tips from career services experts and corporate recruiters to help students successfully navigate career fairs.

The "Find Your Career" episode of the half-hour show, hosted by Marie Hardin, is scheduled to debut at noon Eastern time on Monday, Feb. 7, on the Big Ten Network. The show follows first-year and graduating students at Penn State's fall career fair to demonstrate ways students of all levels can benefit from its options and present themselves to their best advantage to prospective employers.

Hardin, a former newspaper reporter and editor, is associate dean for graduate studies and research and associate professor in Penn State's College of Communications. She also is associate director for research in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. Hardin is joined on the show by Jack Rayman, who retired in December 2010 as Penn State's senior director of Career Services at the Bank of America Career Services Center and affiliate professor of counseling psychology and education.

Throughout the show, segments will feature tips from several corporate recruiters.

Penn State's Fall Career Days is the largest university-sponsored career fair in the nation, with more than 600 corporate recruiters and other representatives from international, national and regional companies in attendance. Penn State's Spring Career Days will be held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 15-16 at the Bryce Jordan Center on the University Park campus.

A September 2010 Wall Street Journal survey of hundreds of corporate, nonprofit and government-agency recruiters rated Penn State as the top university nationwide whose graduates are best prepared, most well-rounded and most able to succeed in their firms. Survey responses noted Penn State's "excellent career placement office that works well with students and alumni," "broad majors, strong curriculum" and "bright, well-rounded students that have the core competencies we desire."

More information about "It’s Your Time: Find Your Future," including video of the premier episode and additional resources from career services experts, is available at http://www.findyourfuture.psu.edu online.

"Find Your Career" airs at noon Eastern time Feb. 7 on the Big Ten Network; check local listings.

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Last Updated March 21, 2011