Recently, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) held their first ever Career Expo at the DeVault Alumni Center on September 27th, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. This career expo specifically planned for SPEA students, but open to any students drew many prospective employers to the Bloomington campus like General Electric and Grant Thornton. Many campus students took time out of their busy schedules to dedicate time in searching for internships and full time positions this past Thursday evening. I could tell a lot of preparation went into preparing and staffing this career expo and I want to congratulate all the individuals who played a part in making this event happen. With so many students coming to the event, it definitely got the turnout that I expected it would because of all the diligent advertising that the SPEA Career Development Office and its Student Partners did during the past few weeks around campus. I could personally tell how excited everyone was in the meet and greet opportunities they had with the prospective representatives from all the employers present at the career expo too.
The friendliness exhibited between the students and employer representatives along with the interest expressed in the development of networking with real professionals for job opportunities made the career expo a welcoming environment to mature as a student professional. While taking a break from exploring and talking with recruitment representatives from companies like Coyote Logistics and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, I grabbed a bite to eat and drink meeting some of my fellow SPEA students. I am happy that I went to this event as I have found a few internship opportunities including Coyote Logistics that I can apply for and hopefully get accepted into, but also made new friends in the process too. All students should go to these career events as they provide the opportunity for professional career development and networking while being a full-time student at Indiana University Bloomington.
Study smart and hard all you Hoosiers! Conquer those midterm exams and get involved!