More than 1000 students and alumni attended the Fall Job and Internship Fair at Bradley University on Thursday.
One of those students, senior Dave Jensen, said he’s gone the past three years. It helped him land an internship, which turned into a job offer.
“It’s really great just to get comfortable talking to people and to see what is open,” Jensen said.
The students spoke to representatives from nearly 200 businesses at Renaissance Coliseum, a record for the job fair. One of them was Eli Lilly & Co., a pharmaceutical company in Indiana.
“I think (Bradley students) bring a little diversity,” said Eli Lilly engineer Claire Vogel. “Indiana has some of the big engineering schools, like Purdue, has a great program too, but I think it is good to have people from a different background and different schools.”
Vogel talked to dozens of students throughout the day and said the most well rounded ones caught her eye.
“We are looking for someone who is commited to academics, someone who is commited to leadership on campus and someone who has gone above and beyond to get relevant experience outside the classroom,” Vogel said.
Bradley’s Smith Career Center Executive Director, Jon Neidy, said the fair grows every year. Interviews are often conducted after the event ends.
“It brings employers and Bradley students together for the first, second and third time and can connect Bradley students to good jobs,” Neidy said.
Vogel is one of those students who used the Bradley job fair to help her earn her first job. She believes her time at BU taught her invaluable skills for her position.
“I think Bradley prepared me in terms of group work, how to think through problems and how to not give up on problems,” Vogel said.