Annual career fair offers opportunities to students

Southeastern’s career fair offered employment and internship opportunities to communication majors interested in broadcast journalism.

From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. students had a chance to walk around the Pennington Student Activity Center and discover new opportunities and connections. Journalism students had the chance to meet Erik Tyger, assistant news director at KPLC 7 News.”I remember when I was in school doing these things,” said Tyger, who manned the news station’s booth for his first time as a guest at Southeastern’s career fair. “It’s kind of interesting to be on the other side of the table this time.”

Tyger said that students in attendance asked a wide range of questions about the types of job positions at the station. “I’m kind of in the market for on-air people. I’m on the news side of it, so I’m always looking for anchors, reporters, producers, things like that,” he said.

The career fair offered free food and custom booths with electrical outlets and internet connection.  According to Southeastern’s website, over 1,000 students and alumni gather at the fair every fall.

Kyron Scott, a junior business administration major, attended the career fair looking to see what the guest businesses had to offer.

“It’s been really good. Everybody wants to talk to you,” Scott said of his experience at the event. “Everybody here was pretty helpful.” He also said that all of the booths he visited were of equally good quality.

Other employers present at the fair included North Oaks Health System and Subway Franchise Company.

Erik Tyger at KPLC's career fair booth

Erik Tyger of KPLC sits at the news station’s booth to speak with students at the career fair.

Tyger said that students in attendance asked a wide range of questions about the types of job positions at the station. He also discussed the importance of the opportunity for journalism students looking for internships.

“Get in and get the experience. You have to see what a real newsroom is like,” he said. “That experience is invaluable.”

The event required students to dress in business casual attire and to bring their resumes.

“You already have a leg up in showing that you have the ambition to do that,” said Tyger on the importance of simply showing up and handing out resumes. He added that the number of employers available to students at the fair made it an opportunity students should not miss. “Why would you not come out here? You’re in college because you want a career, right? Why would you not be here? So it’s just common sense to me.”

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