The annual Spotlight career, internship and graduate school fair brought more than 200 students from AIKCU campuses across the state to meet with prospective employers in Lexington on Tuesday, February 28.
Spotlight began in 1985 to connect seniors from Kentucky’s small liberal arts colleges and sister institution Hanover College (Indiana) with employers. In recent years, the collaborative career fair has expanded to include graduate schools and employers offering internships.
While the national job market for college graduates has been difficult, companies are hiring in Kentucky and surrounding states. This year’s Spotlight featured more than 60 employers and schools, including hot Kentucky-based international companies like Lexmark, Big Ass Fans, and Alltech as well as a host of national companies, nonprofits, local government agencies, military, and other employers.
“Every year we hear from students who either get a job directly through Spotlight, or for whom contacts made at Spotlight later lead to a job,” said Michael Cronk, Assistant Director of Career Development at Transylvania University.
Even those students who don’t directly receive an interview from the experience leave Spotlight more prepared for the workforce. Most AIKCU institutions require that participating students meet with career counselors before the event to review resumes and basic job-seeking tips.