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Over 2,000 students attended Penn State's first in-person Spring Career Day in two years

 Students attended the Spring Career Day at Penn State University on Jan. 26, 2022. Many would talk with employers for several minutes gaining advice or learning more about their company.
Deitric Murphy
Students attended the Spring Career Day at Penn State University on Jan. 26, 2022. Many talked with employers to learn more about the companies and their job openings.

With resumes in-hand and dressed in their best suits, students spoke with 165 companies at the HUB for Penn State’s Spring Career Day on Monday.

Amazon, ALDI and Wegman’s were a few of the employers in attendance.

“It’s been a good day!” said Carson Parr. “It’s always exciting to see what students are doing.”

Parr is a partner at RLPS Architects in Lancaster, PA. He said that events like these can be good for students because if they land an internship with his company, they may have found a full-time job until retirement.

Parr was an intern himself before he started working full-time for RLPS.

The event also provided students the opportunity to learn about ways they can improve themselves.

“Be yourself! Never change yourself for an interview! If you’re having to change who you are, it’s probably not the right fit for you,” said Hailee Centrella.

Centrella said her company, ALKU, received over 100 resumes and was able to speak with students about their job goals.

Students said they felt they got the chance to network with a lot of different companies.

“We got to go over like a lot of back-and-forth information just like about my interests, interests of the company, and you know like what I may be able to offer in the future,” said Tomi Akindele.

Akindele will graduate in May 2022 and is looking to secure an internship and potential job for the summer. Akindele felt that this event provided him an opportunity to meet with different firms and feel more confident interviewing.

Because of COVID-19, this year’s Spring Career Day will run hybrid for two-days. After this first in-person day, the second day will be held virtually on Mar. 1 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and will include companies that could not come in person due to the virus.

This event marked the first in-person Spring Career Day since 2020. Over 300 employers attend that event, and it was held in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Deitric Murphy is a fourth-year student at Penn State University Park. He is majoring in journalism with a focus in broadcast and is also working on a Theatre minor, Business Certificate and a Sports Journalism Certificate. Murphy aspires to be an actor for film when he graduates college, but as a journalist he would like to work for ESPN or ABC as a talk-show host. When not at work, he is playing video games, hanging out with friends or listening to music.
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