HSJC students meet news directors face-to-face during Career Fair

TROY, Ala. (TROJANVISION) — The Hall School of Journalism and Communication (HSJC) held a career fair for all journalism and communications majors and minors so students could gain insight from employers in their field.

There is one thing that most college students hope to secure after graduation as they embark on their journey into adult life: a job. That is why the HSJC held a career fair with employers from all over the state of Alabama.

“The job market can be so competitive, and so it’s so important for students to make connections before they’re ready to graduate, so that’s what we’re trying to do today by having these employers in,” said HSJC Director Robbyn Taylor.

When is the appropriate time for students to begin making these connections and looking for jobs? According to Taylor, it’s never too soon.

“You shouldn’t start looking for a job when you need one, you should start looking years in advance,” Taylor told TrojanVision.

The HSJC prides itself on its ability to prepare students for the workforce, and this is evident through its students and graduates.

“I was hired for 48 [WAFF 48 News Huntsville] while I was still here at TROY and I come back for graduation in two weeks,” senior and multimedia journalist Claudia Peppenhorst said. “You just don’t really get that opportunity anywhere else. Troy University picked me up, taught me everything I knew and they put me directly into a job while I’m still a student.”

What does the HSJC teach students to do that prepares them for life after graduation?

“Building portfolios, and really honing skills and making those connections, networking early on, are some of the takeaways that we hope students get,” Taylor explained.

Current students were able to put those practices into effect at this career fair, and maybe, even score some internships and jobs in the process.

“I’m looking forward to possibly cashing in on some of those internships and opportunities that people have here,” student Dylan Seymore said.

You can see more work from HSJC students on TROY TrojanVision News, and in the Tropolitan newspaper.