Career connections and networking opportunities will be provided for Black Hills State University students and recent graduates Feb. 26 and 27 at the Career Fair and the Teacher Fair which are held on campus each spring.
The BHSU Spring Career Fair will take place Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Jacket Legacy Room of the Student Union, while the BHSU Teacher Fair will take place Wednesday, Feb. 27. The Teacher Fair will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Young Center Field House with a Q&A with local administrators for student-teachers, then continue 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. with a meet and greet for employers and students.
BHSU Retention and Recruitment Specialists Melissa Woodall and Clarissa Thompson emphasize the importance of students’ exposure to employers, even as underclassmen. Growing in confidence and familiarity with career-seeking initiatives, students can begin establishing relationships and presenting themselves as valuable job candidates.
“It’s a great way to gather information about companies and potential employers; to ask them questions and find out what their company is about and like. It is also more likely that you will get a job or internship if you show up in-person, introduce yourself, impress them with your elevator pitch and make a connection,” Thompson explains.
Likelihood of post-graduate success increases as students become more comfortable interacting with potential employers, and internships while students are still in school provide opportunities for application and growth of class material, Thompson also adds.
BHSU provides multiple other opportunities throughout the school year for students to connect with employers, including a part-time job fair, an online job posting program called the Jacket Job Link, faculty connections, and through the University’s Corporate Relations Office.