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February 23, 2017 In Lakeland University Blog
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For more than two decades, Lakeland has been sending its students to the annual Workforce Career and Internship Fair at the State Fairgrounds in West Allis, Wis.

On Tuesday, LU was again well-represented, with approximately 40 students and recent graduates attending and visiting with representatives from 188 companies, organizations and graduate school programs. Students also had access to free professional head shots to use on LinkedIn profiles.

About a dozen students rode on the Lakeland mini-bus, a free service provided each year by the university.

“Obviously, this great event allows our students to pursue immediate openings,” said Jess Lambrecht, Lakeland’s director of career readiness and professional development.

“But also beneficial is the fact that they have the opportunity to identify employers they might want to investigate further, make new connections and experience a sense of professionalism.”

The free event, sponsored each year by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU), is open only to the state’s private institutions. Some of the world-class organizations represented included Acuity, Mutual of Omaha, Sargento, the Milwaukee Bucks, Johnson Controls, the U.S. State Department, Schneider and Uline.

LU senior Jocelyn Yeager, a double major (accounting with a fraud emphasis and business), attended her third straight Workforce Career and Internship Fair.

“I kept going back because of the exposure I got to companies that I couldn’t get through online applications,” she said. “And I love the wide range of companies, from all over the nation.”

Christian Frahm, a senior majoring in accounting, said he appreciated “communicating with a variety of employees and HR representatives in a personal setting,” and “being able to sell myself in face-to-face meetings and connecting my values to theirs.”

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