Dozens of businesses gather for annual career expo

Dozens of businesses gathered in Institute Wednesday for an annual career expo. (WCHS/WVAH)

West Virginia State University hosted a career and employment expo Wednesday.

More than 80 recruiters from 55 businesses lined up in the James C. Wilson University Union. The businesses represented a wide variety of career fields, including government, finance, law enforcement, technology, health care, communications and marketing.

The event was open to any job seekers, especially students, who are hoping to land a job after they graduate.

"I just came to see what’s out there for me," said Michael Cain, a senior at West Virginia State University. "There area lot of places here that you wouldn't really think about, to apply to or to do your job applications, too, so it was just kind of to open my eyes a bit.”

Some of the organizations there were Charleston Area Medical Center, Manpower, the Peace Corps, the West Virginia Division of Personnel, West Virginia State Police, Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and BrickStreet Insurance.

"I think it’s very important for our community and for students to realize just that all these different opportunities are available in the area," Shelby Paxton of BrickStreet Insurance said. "We're an insurance carrier, but we have jobs in all of the functional areas at our cooperate headquarters.”

The expo is held every year, free to the public.

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