April Web Extra: Student Career Days more than just a job fair

May 21, 2013 -  By

Nearly 900 college students from around North America descended upon Auburn University’s campus recently for an annual event that always draws crowds—the Professional Landcare Network’s Student Career Days.

The networking event brought landscape students from 63 universities together with some of the biggest names in the business. For established landscape companies, Student Career Days is an important event. Coming here exposes them to prospects who are as serious about the profession as they are.

With an opening night barbecue and opening day pep rally, for the students Student Career Days is as focused on socializing as it is on networking.

Lucio Zepeda, who came with 15 of his Cal Poly-Pomona classmates, said he liked networking with Green industry executives at the event. “Hopefully from this we get an opportunity for the future, so we can start working in the industry right away after we graduate,” he said. “I networked a lot last year. I got a lot out of it. It’s a great experience.”

Reese Nelson, a professor at Brigham Young University, has been bringing students here for 15 years. “It’s the premier event of the industry,” he said. “I refer to it as the ‘horticulture Olympics.’ I like the interface with industry that our students experience here. It really is a student career days.”

 

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Geraci is a freelance writer based in Cleveland. She has worked as a professional journalist for more than 15 years, including six years as a writer for the Chicago Tribune. A graduate of Allegheny College and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Geraci began her career as an editor at a newswire service in Washington, D.C., where she edited and distributed press releases from the White House and congressional leaders. She went on to become the community news reporter at the Jackson Hole Guide newspaper, winning two national feature writing awards. Her other experience includes working as a book editor in Chicago and as a professor of business communications at Cleveland State University.

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