2012 Spring Career Days largest since pre-recession days

January 23, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Every spring, Penn State Career Services hosts Spring Career Days, a job fair for Penn State students and alumni. This year, nearly 300 recruiters from government, industry and corporate businesses will be at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center Feb. 6 and 7 to meet and potentially employ Penn Staters.

“Employer attendance is up 12 percent from last year’s Spring Career Days. This is a great sign,” said Career Services director Jeff Garis. “It’s quantitatively and qualitatively the largest Spring Career Days we’ve had since the recession started.”

Penn State alumni and students from any Penn State campus regardless of their academic year are invited to the fair to find an internship, a full-time position or a co-op position.

“We encourage all students to attend, even if it’s just to get a sense of the environment and how it feels, so they are acclimated to the process well before having to meet with employers their senior year,” Garis said.

He added that freshmen, sophomores and juniors might find internship and summer employment opportunities by attending. However, Garis emphasized that just showing up at Career Days isn’t enough. Students should take advantage of all that Penn State Career Services has to offer – resume review and design, interview practice, etiquette and much more – leading up to Career Days, and afterward.

“In benchmarking rankings of university career services, Penn State always does well. We are consistently recognized as one of the most comprehensive career centers in higher education,” Garis said.

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