HAMPTON, Va. (February 13, 2020) – The Hampton University Career Center hosted its 2020 Spring Career Fair on Tuesday, February 4 in the Student Center Ballroom. Over 700 students were in attendance to meet with over 80 companies and organizations including Aldi, the CIA, PepsiCo and more.
“Our annual Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for corporate and professional recruiters to meet, greet, and interact with our students. We work hard to prepare our students to enter the workforce as knowledgeable and experienced individuals. During their matriculation at Hampton, our students are exposed to challenging curricula delivered by professors who conduct cutting-edge research in their fields of expertise. Our students are equipped to become leaders of these organizations tomorrow,” said Dr. William R. Harvey, Hampton University President.
Corporations, government agencies and educational institutions from all over the country had the opportunity to acquaint students with their organizations while recruiting potential employees.
“Our Spring Fair was overall a success. The companies commented that they are always impressed with Hampton students,” said Bessie Willis, Career Center Director.
Many students received information and networking from companies in hopes for a possible future internship or employment. Students dressed professionally, brought resumes and explored career options with a variety of employers. Various recruiters were looking for specific qualities that Hamptonians possess.
“We are looking for future talent for our company. We are looking for leaders. As a company, we are confident we can teach anyone anything under the sun, but you have to come with a passion to lead. I need people who have a passion to lead other people and those people will be successful at PepsiCo. That’s why we’re here at Hampton,” said Ellis Roper, senior human resources representative for the Frito Lay section of PepsiCo.
Not only was praise given from companies that were in attendance but from students as well. Many students were very proud of not only their personal success from the career fair but on the overall success of the career fair as a whole.
"This is my last career fair as a Hamptonian as I will be graduating soon. There are a lot of great companies with a lot of opportunities like developing programs and training programs and that’s really what I’m looking for,” said Nia Dix, marketing major, senior from Atlanta, GA. “It’s great that each career fair, they are adding newer companies to the mix so that we have more opportunities for jobs or internships.”
For more information about the next career fair, please contact Bessie Willis at 757-727-5331.