Professional Connections

Jerry Brown ’15, MBA ’17 at the fall job and internship fair (Photo by Duane Zehr)

Matt Hawkins
September 18, 2017

Bradley University students approached the University’s fall job and internship fair with eyes on the future. As they interviewed with prospective employers, they met a large group of alumni who returned to the Hilltop as recruiters.

The fair brought a record 199 employers to campus, with many companies sending Bradley more than 60 alumni to meet 1,400 students who attended.

Recruiters like Target Corp.’s Jerry Brown ’15, MBA ’17 said Bradley students leave positive impressions in interviews. Those students then impact their chosen fields as interns and employees.

“As a Bradley graduate, I’m confident all the students are talented,” Brown said. “They have more polish and are eager to succeed.”

Students succeed as interns and young professionals because of resources and learning opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Courses emphasize hands-on experiences, with many projects engaging professionals in the Peoria area. Additionally, the Smith Career Center assists students with career guidance, internship resources, networking events, job search information and interview preparation.

As a result, students find jobs quickly after graduation. The Class of 2016 recorded a career outcomes rate of 93 percent, which means those students found jobs or continued their education within six months of graduation.

“We pair good classroom experiences with experiential learning, which makes our students attractive hires,” said SCC Executive Director Jon C. Neidy. “They’re graduating with both book knowledge and real world experience.”

Alumna Leah Gordon ’14 credited Bradley’s academic advances for producing graduates ideal for Eli Lilly and Co.

“It’s exciting to see the improvements and progress on campus,” she said. “Students are learning things I never did. As a result, Bradley is producing well-rounded students.”