Twin Ports Students Connect with Local Employers at Head of the Lakes Job Fair |

Twin Ports Students Connect with Local Employers at Head of the Lakes Job Fair

Updated: March 05, 2020 05:21 PM

Twin Ports college students were getting their foot in the door with the UWS Head of the Lakes Job and Internship Fair Thursday.

UWS hosted the annual job and internship fair that featured 90 Twin Ports employers who were making connections and recruiting future employees.

"This is definitely a great opportunity to network with people and meet companies that if not for events like this, you probably wouldn't be able to meet," said Nirosh Wijesignhe, a UMD student.

Wijesignhe is majoring in accounting and already has a internship opportunity lined up. He was looking for work opportunities at the fair for when he wraps the internship up.

"We've got nonprofits, a lot of transportation and logistics groups, employers from our region and from abroad as well," said Madison Reynold, the UWS job fair coordinator.

UWS, UMD and St. Scholastica students came ready to make a good first impression, knowing the difference that can make in starting their career.

"I came prepared with a few copies of my resume knowing who to go to, which employers to connect with and which ones I wanted to talk to," said Wijesignhe.

"Any opportunity you can get to speak to employers and practice those interviewing skills is going to be extremely beneficial," said Reynolds.

Students were exposed to a variety of job opportunities in demand ranging from healthcare to law enforcement and more.

"With a job fair, you can talk to people and kind of get an idea of what the company would be like when you work for them," said Freyja McDermott, a UMD student.

McDermott is graduating this spring. She went to the fair to see what her options are.

Students also had the chance to get professional head shots done to go along with their resumes.

"I was in their shoes a few years ago so I know exactly how hard it is to find a job," said Dean Thach, a recruitment specialist for Monarch, a healthcare management company.

"It's great to just be able to make the relationships and talk to them and make the connections," said Wijesignhe.

"I think it's really important because you can meet the people face to face before like going online and submitting applications," said McDermott.

It also helps local employers connect with talented and passionate potential employees that are ready to join the workforce.

"I've met many great students who are really eager to kind of move on into their next chapter in their life after school and so that's kind of why we're here, we want to make a difference for them," said Thach.

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