VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - With spring break over and graduation just a few weeks away, the search for jobs is ramping up on college campuses.
Recruiters for companies and government agencies slowed down their visits during the recession.
A career fair at Vincennes University shows the opportunities are returning in the economy and for new graduates.
About 20 businesses and agencies set up booths on campus at Vincennes University looking for their next employees.
This career fair is an opening step in what officials hope will eventually land students into the workforce.
"Several students have told me they now have interviews next week," said Richard Coleman with Vincennes University, "and we're also hoping we can connect students to employers on things like internships."
The economic slowdown of a couple of years ago appears to be over.
Many of the companies here are now expanding operations and their workforce.
"We're looking to expand," said Amanda Campbell with Sports Haven. "We're building a new building here in Vincennes so with that we're expanding our sales force."
"We thought this would be a good location to talk to young people see if there's some possible candidates," said Blane Davis with Primerica Financial.
Even with the talk of shrinking government resources a number of agencies like the state police were also actively recruiting.
"We're giving them a lot of good information and they're asking a lot of good questions so hopefully we'll be able to get a couple of students to apply and maybe become Indiana State Troopers," said Sergeant Todd Ringle.
Even though we still hear a lot about a tight job market, both the companies and organizations here and the students feel there are opportunities.
"It's really good," said student Trevor St. Clair. "There's a lot of companies looking for V.U. graduates and I'm excited for the future."
A future that appears to be improving as the country moves away from the great recession.
V.U. officials say they hope to have a couple more career fairs on campus this spring to connect more graduating student to emerging jobs.
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