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Career Day assists students in finding employment

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, October 11, 2010

Updated: Monday, October 11, 2010 12:10


On September 29, the Career Services center held its Fall Career Day in the Cone Ballroom of the EUC. Career day is designed for students who seek professional positions and internships after graduation, and to further evaluate graduate school options.

Underclassmen are still encouraged to attend in order to broaden their horizons and explore post-college options. 

A wide range of students participated, dressed in professional business attire, many with notepads and resumes in hand.  Check-in for students began promptly at 12:30 p.m. and each student was greeted with a warm gesture, given a name tag listing their class year and major and encouraged to take a brochure and a bag to collect materials.  On the inside cover of the brochure was a table with each employers corresponding number, offering guidance for navigating the Career Fair. 

There were approximately 80 employers in attendance, ranging from Target to the CIA.  Students were encouraged to take their time and work their way around the room however they saw fit.  In addition to employers, there were also several graduate schools and continuing education programs represented at career day.  Scholarly institutions that attended included: Appalachian School of Law, Campbell University School of Law and Pharmacy, East Carolina University, Elon University, High Point University, Western Carolina, Winthrop and even the Disney college program. UNCG’s own graduate school took part as well with a specific focus on the Bryan School of Business and Economics and its MBA program.

The students in attendance conducted themselves with professionalism and positivity, greeting each employers’ table with a firm handshake and a warm smile.  Many of the students who participated in career day already knew the exact job they were looking for and were simply at the event out of curiosity.  One student, a senior with a degree in Communication Studies, was looking for a job via Triad InternNet, which acts as a database where students seeking specific internships can become listed.  Margaret Winslow, the Triad InternNet Project Manager, offered her assistance throughout the sign-up process, “I can either e-mail you with your profile listing that I have created, or you have the option to create your profile on the spot with this computer.  It’s a very good resource, especially if you’re a senior looking to get out into the job market as soon as possible.” 

Databases such as Triad InterNet help students to gain access to a wide variety of organizations and businesses, as well as assist and practice building a resume and networking skills. 

Besides InternNet, some of the companies offering internships and full time positions included: BB&T;, JCPenney, Aflac Insurance agency, and Brave digital marketing.  The Career Services Center’s “Fall Career Day” was a huge success for employers and students alike.  Events such as these sponsored by the CSC are a great way to improve networking and professional skills, as well as offering great exposure for potential employees.  The CSC will be spearheading two events in the near future: “Schmooza Palooza” on October 19 is an event that exclusively offers practice for networking.  “Practice Interviews” will also be available on October 19, 21, 26 and 28.  The Career Services Center is always available to students for free help with resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills and assistance in job searches.

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