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Job fairs in Superior, Ashland attract employers and hopefuls
Students, employers, and community members gathered on the UW-Superior campus today for the Head of the Lakes Spring Job and Internship fair. Brad Phenow reports.
UW-Superior hosted 91 employers on campus today giving people an opportunity to network and search for an internship or job. The employers filled the Great Room in UW-Superior's Yellow Jacket Union with booths filled with company information and business cards.
Sergeant Dave Lund of the Appleton Police Department says they have found the most success at college job fairs.
“We’ll be doing a hiring process later on where we are looking to probably get three to five officers. By going out to the various colleges we are able to talk to people in that employment field.”
Recruiters from railroads to insurance to drug companies were on hand. Amsoil’s Human Resource Assistant Maria Wernimont says it’s important to hire locally.
“We are here in search of interns and career minded college students. We’re a local business so we are looking for people who want to stay in the community. Grow with Amsoil and grow with the area.”
Jessia Schlauderaff is a senior business administration major at UW-Superior. She’s very happy with the number of employers.
“Last year they had an increase of employers, but this year it’s like 20 more on top of that; it’s getting a lot bigger.”
She says in order to find a job she had overcome some fears.
“Not being afraid to talk to the employers, because they are just as willing to talk as students are.”
Kyle Homich is a senior at UW-Superior. He says this is by far the biggest career fair in his four years, and he wants to take full advantage.
“There is a lot of opportunity to meet with business leaders and search for a summer internship and maybe even a job.”
Regional employers will have a chance to connect with their future workforce at Northland College in Ashland. The school will host its annual Job and Internship Fair Thursday. Katy Zart of Northland College radio station WRNC brings us more.
Stacy Craig is an organizer of the fair. Craig says the fair is a chance for students to hone their job skills.
“In essence, this is an opportunity to rehearse for future job fairs, for job interviews, [and] for experiences with employers. If you think about it as a learning experience and you take what you can away from it, that’s probably one of the best things that can happen.”
Northland College senior Michaeline Endres says past fairs have shown her what it takes to get a job. “I’ve learned how to represent myself in a positive way—to up-talk yourself. As much as you like to be modest, it’s great for getting a job.”
Ben Michaels is a fisheries biologist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. Michaels says his internship experience with the commission turned into a career. Now, he’s taking part in the fair as an employer. “It’s really great to meet with students face to face. It kind of gives you a feel of what their interests are and where they plan on going in the future. That helps us as employers to make sure that our internship is something that they’d like to pursue.”
More than 65 businesses and organizations from Madison, Minneapolis and the Ashland area will take part in the fair this year.
(Katy Zart is an intern from Northland College at WRNC-FM in Ashland)
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