A line of students entered the Ewigleben Sports Complex Thursday, Oct. 10, ready to present themselves, as prospects, to a wide variety of employment opportunities at the fall Career and Internship Fair, hosted by Ferris State University’s Center for Leadership, Activities and Career Services.
Nicholas Smith, CLACS’ activities coordinator, was ready to assist as students collected their badges specific to their college. From there, students entered exhibit areas in Jim Wink Arena and the Multipurpose Room.
“We track student attendance, record those alumni who are participating in the fair and gauge the response in terms of participation by college,” Smith said. “These indicators are meant to help the employers who have interest in candidates from specific areas.”
Jim Wink Arena was a whirl of activity. Manufacturing companies such as Fiat Chrysler America, Michigan Caterpillar and Koops, of Holland, hosted information tables with representatives on hand to speak to students. In the Multipurpose Room, Ferris alumna Corrina Hervey arrived from the H&S Companies office in Reed City – one of 14 offices for the Michigan-based accounting and business advisory firm. Hervey settled in to talk with College of Business students and others.
“We are definitely looking to hire new professionals, with a keen interest in Ferris students,” Hervey said. “I have just joined the staff of H&S in the last year. We are visiting schools throughout the region in an effort to find the candidates we need.”
Ferris senior Owen Cooper looked over his Career Fair Plus App, near an entrance in Jim Wink Arena. The Plastics Engineering Technology student, from Rockford, considered how to build on a recent internship and advance his prospects.
“I have seen a good many of my classmates here today,” Cooper said. “Our professors encouraged us to make the most of this fair. It looks like there are a lot of good opportunities, so I am ready to speak about my abilities with recruiters, whenever they ask.”
Cooper said he was confident about the prospects that the fair would offer, but will remain active in his search for his first position, following graduation in May 2020.
“I intend to find a promising situation for myself, as Ferris’ Plastics program is well respected, with a great placement rate in the industry,” Cooper said.
Other employers with recruiters speaking to students and alumni included the Michigan State Police, AAA Insurance and Muskegon-based Newkirk Electric Associates, Inc.