The line waiting for the doors to open at Bramlage Coliseum late Tuesday morning extended all the way into the parking lot.
The K-State students weren’t waiting for a basketball game but something much more important: Their potential job.
K-State’s All-University Career Fair opened Tuesday and continues Wednesday at Bramlage. More than 200 employers will be available for students looking for career, internship and co-op positions.
Seniors Jordan Weber, a food science major, Michael Berg, a finance major, and Ross Ditch, a kinesiology major, stood toward the end of the line together.
“It doesn’t look like we’re going anywhere anytime soon,” Weber said. The students arrived before the 11 a.m. scheduled start in anticipation of post-graduation employment.
Thousands of resumes went through numerous reviews and revisions, suits and dresses were dry cleaned, and research was done in preparation for the two-day event.
“Just trying to get a job, internship or something,” Weber said. Ditch added, “Preferably a job.”
Of the three, only Weber has a previous internship, but he said that wasn’t in the field he was looking for.
The students knew that having had an internship is an advantage. “It definitely helps to find a job later if you get a good internship with a company,” Berg said.
The group planned to attend both days of the career fair. As for Tuesday, Berg hoped to visit eight to ten employers while Weber and Ditch anticipated about five table visits.
“It’ll be tough talking to them when they have hundreds of students coming up,” Ditch said.
The feeling many of these students have is a recent one for K-State alum Steve Frank, an engineer for KLA Environmental Services. That company helps livestock producers comply with environmental regulations.
Frank, a December 2009 K-State graduate in civil engineering, has been at his job for two-and-a-half years. He previously had an internship with the company.
“You need to get out here and do this even as a freshman and sophomore,” he said. “Some of these employers will begin to recognize you.”
Frank said he’ll be looking for people who prepared ahead of time. It was a sentiment shared by Sarah Seiler, associate for the accounting firm of Kennedy and Coe.
“We’re looking for someone confident as they introduce themselves,” she said.