Summer job fair gives students opportunity to research different industries, network
Transitioning from college to a career can be intimidating during times of economic turmoil.
Career Services will host the Summer Job Fair from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom. The event is open to students of all majors and backgrounds.
The Summer Job Fair brings employers who offer seasonal openings in a variety of fields, such as Schlitterbahn, Dougherty Art School and Buckle. The event presents an opportunity for job seekers to meet with professionals in a multitude of industries. Leslie Dalrymple, communication studies sophomore, plans to attend the Summer Job Fair.
“I believe this event is a great networking opportunity,” Dalrymple said. “The Summer Job Fair will help me find a job to boost me in my career. Any experience is good experience and it is important to employers that I am career-focused and a well-rounded individual.”
Lindsey Wheeler, fashion-merchandising senior, agreed with Dalrymple.
“Attending career fairs is a proactive approach to securing jobs and internships upon graduation,” said Wheeler. “Being active in the job search will show employers that you are a valuable talent to bring on with the company.”
Unemployment in America increased from 4.9 percent in January 2008 to 6.7 percent in January 2009. It was the largest drop since December 1974, and job losses are expected to continue. Economists predict employers will cut approximately 60,000 positions from U.S. payrolls by June.
“The current economic situation is definitely affecting college graduates,” said Dalrymple. “Many companies are down-sizing, and with so many experienced job-holders out there already competition is at an all-time high, and the odds are not in our favor.”
The average college student graduates with $21,000 of debt from school loans.
Unemployment is at its peak for college graduates, because they are leaving the labor force rapidly.
Jamie Blake, English senior, believes education is fundamental to ensuring security in the job market.
“I think it will be difficult to find a job in my field,” Blake said. “I am planning to go to graduate school, where I will better educate myself and put myself ahead in my career.” Russell Clayton, psychology junior, is taking a different route. Clayton said he is confident the job fair will improve his odds when he reaches the workforce.
“By attending the Summer Job Fair, I will meet with employers who can offer me the experience I need to be successful,” Clayton said. “I plan on taking an active role in my future by obtaining the best degree possible, networking with professors and becoming familiar with sources in the community.”