MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Kansas State University students packed Bramlage Coliseum Tuesday in an effort to pique the interest of employers and launch their careers.
Some 600 students came through the All-University Career Fair in the first hour alone and the event lasted throughout the day.
Representatives from nearly 300 companies, industries and agencies were there. The number of participating employers was higher than last year when fewer companies were hiring.
"Kansas State has an excellent reputation for really fine students, great work ethic, just good people, very well prepared academically. Many of the employers have told us that this is one of their favorite places to go for a career fair," said Angela Hayes, Career Fair Chair.
"We basically have everything- we’ve got engineering, we’ve got communications- there’s something for everyone. We also have school systems. We’d like for all of our students to come out and take a look because there’s something for everyone here. The opportunities are endless and many of the employers have many, many open positions," she added.
"We’re here to hire for a merchandiser-in-training program. K-State is a great agricultural school, one of the best in the country. We’ve had very good results in the past. We’ve hired quite a few graduates from K-State. We have four alumni in our program right now," said Ryan Kennedy, a representative with Lansing Trade Group.
Students took full advantage of the situation and the array of potential job opportunities by networking, handing out their resumes and trying to set themselves apart from the competition.
"It was very overwhelming at first just because there are a lot of organizations here and a lot of people are looking for jobs. It’s definitely hard to jut go up to a business and be yourself and hope for the best so it’s been kind of tough but I’m definitely trying to be positive about it because I really want to find a good job especially when I get out of college," said Erin Gerken, a K-State student majoring in Communication Studies.
The job fair continues Wednesday, September 19th. The fair is for Kansas State University students, but also is open to members of the Manhattan community.