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Behrend Career Fair Shows Promising Job Market

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Hundreds of college students got a taste of the job market at Behrend's Spring career fair.

The fair was full to capacity, with 160 employers claiming a spot.

"We have a lot of great resumes so far and it's only been an hour," said Michele King of Channel Lock, Inc.

It's good news for the job outlook.

"Probably about 95 percent of them actually have positions available, whether it be full time, part time, or internship positions," said Carol Capan, Behrend's Employer Relations Coordinator.

Technical jobs, in particular, seem to be growing in demand at a rapid rate.

"This job market is growing substantially," said Samantha Hudeck of software company Fenetech. "We've hired 20 people in the last year in both full time and co-op positions... currently we're looking for two full time positions."

Of course the college had all their bases covered, hosting employers for all majors.

Railroad company Norfolk Southern had something for everyone, with positions both on the engineering and the corporate side.

Recruiter Natalie Tulloch said many students don't know that companies like NS have such diverse positions. "Marketing, supply chain, accounting, we hire all of those as well," she said.

"We have a lot of people that are the baby boomers that are retiring right now, so we have a lot of opportunities for people that are graduating just out of college," Tulloch added.

For recent graduates, securing a full time position may not be quite as difficult as in recent years, as the job market continues to grow. But then there's the question of salary; some students say they'd take a lower paying job to get experience.

"I would take a job...if it would help me out later on," said Senior Business/Engineering major Benjamin Fisher.

"Especially because it'll give you the experience to maybe get a better job in the future," agreed Senior Psychology major Kara Steele.

"If that salary could help me... and I could still get by, then yes," said Sophomore Mechanical Engineering major Megan McKinney.

Behrend welcomed all students from the county, to the career fair; you just had to have a current college ID.

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