Career, Graduate School Fair ready students’ future

Shayndel Jones

Underclassmen and graduate school students attended the Career Fair which was hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Lee Arena.

This event was to gain knowledge about career paths for internships and post-graduation.

The Resume Roadshow preceded this event Sept. 13 for students to seek guidance about their professional resumes before presenting them to possible employers.

Students were able to speak with business recruiters about optional job openings, internships and graduate school programs for their future, as well as drop off their resumes. This was a business formal event, so students could create a good first impression.

This event was hosted to help students meet representatives from businesses all around Kansas. There was a wide variety of volunteers to communicate with, such as law enforcement officers from Topeka and surrounding cities.

Local banks and financial service organizations, including Shelter Insurance, Capital Federal Savings and Central National Bank attended to recruit new associates.

Health service organizations, like Valeo and Pathway Family Services reached out to students about job opportunities. Other local businesses searched for new employees for the upcoming holiday season.

Emporia police officer, Harley Arnold, spoke about the opportunities she has had since she joined law enforcement.

“This has been a very positive experience for me and I really enjoy my job,” Arnold said. “I want students to be able to start a career and go somewhere with it and I have had that experience since I joined the Emporia Police Department.”

Several organizations spoke about the opportunities they have for students, such as internships becoming potential long-term careers, gaining knowledge for future jobs and the benefits of joining their organization.

“This is a good way for students to get the information they need and the qualifications they might need,” said Arnold. “It also helps them get applications out to businesses.”

Graduate schools from around Kansas traveled to Washburn to recruit new students. The University of Tulsa and Graduate School, Emporia State University, University of Kansas Fellowship, Wichita State University, and Kansas State University were present.

Several Washburn University department were recruiting. Washburn University psychology department, criminal justice, law school, allied health and nursing were searching for degree-seeking students and graduate students.

Makayla Shields, freshman business major, spoke about her experience with the career fair.

“I really want to be able to start my own business some day and Washburn seems like a good place to do that,” said Shields. “I think this is a great opportunity for those who may not know what they want to do or for those who want to know more about their field of study and the job market.”

The Career Fair is open to all students at Washburn, but it is aimed more toward upperclassmen who are searching for internships, careers post-graduation and graduate schools.

The next Career and Graduate School Fair will be held Feb. 15 at Lee Arena.