Career Fair with benefits
By Sue Ellen Ross Post-Tribune correspondent March 4, 2013 3:36PM
Purdue University Calumet students David Benirschke (left), of Schererville; Xiaoxi Lou, of China; and Kulwinder Singh Swatch and Adiya Lingarasu, both of India, attend the Career and Internship Fair at PUC in Hammond. | Stephanie Dowell~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 6, 2013 6:06AM
The community was recently invited to the Career and Internship Fair 2013 at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond.
“The event is definitely geared toward our students and alumni, however, we believe it is a wonderful opportunity for the community as well, therefore it is open to the public,” said Shelly L. Robinson, PUC director of career services. “Many employers have additional positions available that do not require degrees or may require an experienced professional. I really feel this event has something for every job seeker.”
She added that her department enjoys collaborating with local businesses to meet their recruitment needs, as well as assisting students with their professional goals and career development.
Ninety-nine employers set up tables loaded with information about their respective companies and organizations in the large gymnasium. Hundreds of job and internship seekers dropped off résumés and mingled with representatives.
“I’m not graduating yet, but I wanted to talk with some companies in my career field,” said PUC sophomore Anthony Philips, who is majoring in construction management. “The companies I’ve seen here have given me some valuable information I wasn’t aware of.”
Potential employers ranged from insurance companies and restaurants to the Indiana State Police and healthcare providers.
Phillip Quandt, of Munster, manned the table for Republic National Distributing, a wine and spirits wholesaler and distributor. Learning in-depth about your chosen career and what it takes to climb the ladder is valuable information that can be found at a career fair, the research developer said.
“When I was I school, I didn’t have that opportunity,” he said. “I would have liked to know how a beverage company worked before I was hired and started climbing the ladder.”
Kara Rutherford and Kalea Rutherford, both of Hammond, are new to the area and looking for a college to help develop their careers.
“We want to know what jobs are out there and which majors are the most valuable,” Kara said.
Kalea agreed, adding, “Coming to these job fairs are a reality check for us. The companies here are actually hiring, and they can tell us exactly what they are looking for and what skills we need.”