Cambrex, Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, Next Generation Wireless and KIMT-TV were just some of the 46 businesses that attended the Wartburg College Career Expo. This past Thursday, Wartburg students were able to attend the expo and meet with employers about potential internship and job opportunities as well as graduate school options.
“Students would come here, they’ll talk with an employer, they’ll talk with a grad school and from there the employer would make a connection to reach out to the student and invite them to an interview,” Derek Solheim, Director of the Pathways Center at Wartburg, said.
Solheim organized the event and recommended all students to attend. Especially juniors and seniors.
“For first years it’s all about seeing what interacting with an employer is like. For sophomores and juniors, it’s looking for part time work and internships and for seniors it’s looking for full time work or grad school,” Solheim said.
The expo gives the opportunity for students to network with businesses, get feedback on your resume and discuss job and internship opportunities. While most of the businesses that attended were in Iowa, there were also some from Illinois and Minnesota.
Anna Burke, a 2016 graduate of Wartburg, attended the expo her junior year and got an internship with Hormel Foods, later accepting a full time position once she graduated.
“I had done the career fair my freshmen year with not really a lot in mind, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do. I went the fall of my junior year and my focus was for Hormel Foods. I got my interview the next day after the career fair,” Burke said.
Burke said that a really important thing that students should consider doing is making their resume focused on the position and company that they are applying for.
“I made a specific resume for Hormel. I wrote jobs and experiences that matched that job,” Burke said.
While the expo may not be for everyone it does give students an idea as to what they can do with their degrees. Solheim said that they invite hundreds of employers to the event and then ask students what employers they would like to come and invite them as well.
In order to get more employers there needs to be more students to attend the expo. While sometimes it can be hard for students to come to the event because of their busy schedules, Solheim said that they are willing to work with students to help them find other job opportunities.