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Large career fair hits campus Wednesday

October 3, 2000

More than 180 companies will be on campus Wednesday for the largest career fair at MSU.

Students of all majors can attend Career Gallery 2000, “Futures in Focus,” to seek internships, permanent positions or just more career information from a wide range of corporations.

Vern Mason, assistant director of the Lear Corporation Career Services Center, said the event has grown in the last four years, possibly making it the largest in Michigan.

The Lear Center will hold the annual event in the Breslin Student Events Center on Wednesday. The event is also sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“We think it speaks volumes about the university and the caliber of the young people who attend,” Mason said.

Students are encouraged to come prepared by dressing professionally, bringing résumés and knowing about their career interests and goals.

The Lear Center is a joint initiative between MSU Career Services & Placement and the Eli Broad College of Business.

Students will have the opportunity to set up interview appointments with companies for Thursday or various times this semester. Employers in attendance include General Motors, C.H. Robinson, Motorola and IBM.

Jill Poske, a recruiter from C.H. Robinson, said Career Gallery coordinators do a good job preparing students and companies for interaction.

“The main purpose is to get our name out to students looking for full-time positions, to interact with both students and faculty, and find some great candidates to fill our interview schedules,” Poske said.

Students who attend don’t have to have one company or career field in mind. Poske said she recruits all majors, and looks for students who have certain personal characteristics, experience and enthusiasm.

That’s good news for sociology junior Ashley Kyle, who said she would attend the event just to learn more about different companies.

“With my major, I can pretty much go into anything,” she said.

Director of Career Services and Placement Vernicka Tyson said the Career Gallery is one of the longest-standing career fairs at MSU.

“Most of our career fairs have grown in the past few years because the economy in both the state and the nation is doing well, and employees have a greater need for talent,” Tyson said.

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