Employers optimistic about hiring needs at annual Career Fair

February 28, 2014

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Spring 2014 Career Fair

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — New data from The Pew Research Center shows that a bachelor’s degree has high value for the current generation. According to the report, in 2012 college graduates made about $17,500 more on average than their peers who had just a high school diploma.

Despite the wage difference however, Pew research shows that college graduates are struggling to find jobs. “Young college graduates are having more difficulty landing work than earlier cohorts. They are more likely to be unemployed and have to search longer for a job than earlier generations of young adults,” said the Pew report.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Career Center aims to make the job search process more efficient for students through opportunities such as the recent spring Career Fair. The three-day event, featuring more than 230 employers, allowed students the chance to learn more about internships, co-ops and full-time opportunities available with companies ranging from agriculture to engineering.

Employers at the Career Fair stated that UW-Platteville students are prepared for the work force and in some cases they seek these graduates over others.

Jennfier Maiden, a UW-Platteville alumna who is employed at American Family Insurance, said that she is an advocate for UW-Platteville. “The quality and way in which they prepare their students is appealing,” said Maiden. “The interns that we’ve had have worked really well for us.”

Eric Entringer, a UW-Platteville alumnus who is employed by Frito-Lay, agreed with Maiden. “The work ethic that comes out of UW-Platteville students is really high, and they tend to be team leaders that work well with others,” said Entringer. He also expressed that Frito-Lay employs many UW-Platteville alumni.

Diana Trendt, director of the UW-Platteville Career Center, said she takes pride in the fact that UW-Platteville’s Career Fair becomes bigger and more successful continuously. She said there were a higher than average number of first-time attendee companies this year and she attributes this to several factors. According to Trendt, employers heard about UW-Platteville through the successful recruitment of the university’s alumni, the academic programs which distinguish UW-Platteville from other campuses and through other career fair events.

Contact: Diana Trendt, Career Center, (608) 342-1183, trandtd@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Jessica Mueller, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, muellerjes@uwplatt.edu

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