The Twardowski Career Development Center hosted their Spring Career Fair in the Sykes Student Union Ballrooms on Wednesday, Feb. 24.
The fair included over 70 employers who were looking to recruit and connect with West Chester University students and alumni for full-time and part-time jobs, as well as internship opportunities. The event also gave students and alumni the chance to get a professional photo taken for their LinkedIn profile.
“There was positive feedback from employers and candidates,” said Preeti Singh, the associate director of the Career Development Center.
Singh commented on the success she felt the Career Fair recieved.
“Employers commented on the high quality West Chester University candidates, their preparedness and professional attire at the event,” said Singh.
“Students and alumni who attended were interested in making in-person connections with employers for job and internship leads, which is the goal at this event. In spite of the rain, the turnout was great and there were great conversations throughout the day.”
The event had 525 student and alumni candidates filtering through Sykes ballrooms, shaking hands and networking with recruiters presenting their resumes.
The number of students was close to what the spring Career Fair brought in last year, which was in better weather than this year’s. Whether a student was interested in education, business, or non-profit/philanthropy work, the career fair had something for every major.
“The spring Career Fair was extremely helpful and organized,” said Kody Pasqualichio, a WCU alumni with a degree in communications studies. “I am grateful for the opportunities West Chester offers, even as alumni. I really enjoyed getting a chance to connect with multiple employers in one place, and gain more experience networking with professionals.”
Pasqualichio graduated this past December and was interested in networking with companies such as New York Life, Propulsion Media Labs, and Progressive Business Publications who were looking for full-time canidates in the communications field.
Singh also explained how she felt employers felt about the event.
“In my nine years at West Chester University, this spring’s fair filled up the most quickly I have ever seen, and we also had over 10 employers on a waiting list in case there were any cancellations,” said Singh. “WCU candidates have a strong academic foundation and present themselves professionally- making them very competitive candidates for jobs and internships for these employers, many of whom also recruit at other area colleges.”
If students missed the Career Fair, they can visit the Twardowski Career Development Center’s website at wcupa.edu/cdc and look for the listing of employers that were present at the fair. Students can also stop by the office in Lawrence 225 or set up an appointment with one of the Career Development Center employees by calling them at 610-436-2501. The Career Development Center employees can help with exploring majors and careers, searching for jobs and internships, applying to graduate school, interviewing, writing resumes and cover letters, and much more.
The Career Development Center will also be hosting a Human Services Career Fair on Wednesday, March 16, from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Sykes Ballrooms.
Throughout the year, the Career Development Center has employers set up information tables in Sykes and Lawrence buildings to promote their jobs and internships for the WCU students.
Devin Gerber is a fourth-year student majoring in communcation studies with a minor in journalism. She can be reached at DG781831@wcupa.edu.