The largest career fair in the state took place in Orono on Wednesday. The University of Maine Career Center hosted the event as a way to help students and employers connect. For the 15th year, officials with the University of Maine Career Center are bringing students and employers together in one place. ” It makes it really, really easy for both the employers and the students to connect without having to travel all over the place,” said Patty Counihan, director of the career center. About 1,000 students checked out job opportunities ranging from business to military and lots of specialties in between. ” There’s a bunch of businesses around so I figured, hey, I’ll come check it out, see what they have to offer,” said Michael Kuhn, a student at the University of Maine. ” It’s definitely a good way to get your foot in the door,” added Nikoleta Shanos a junior at the school. WB Mason is just one of the companies hoping to find some new employees. ” We really like young, energetic, hard-working people,” said John McDonald, a sales trainer with WB Mason. 45% of the employers at the fair graduated from the University of Maine. Marie Herbert with WB Mason, is one of them. ” It’s fun to see old faces, and I also enjoy talking about my job and getting to kind of brag about what I do and try to get some good candidates to come work for us,” said Marie Hebert. More than half of the employers at the fair have full-time jobs to fill, many of them are local, some are worldwide.