Upcoming UTEP Job Fairs Provide Career Opportunities
March 17, 2011 | UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS
UTEP Career Connections Fair
The jobs pendulum continues its slow swing toward the hiring side, and students fromThe University of Texas at El Paso will get their chance to join the workforce at the Career Connections fair.
Recent UTEP graduates and spring graduation candidates are encouraged to attend the fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Union Building East. More than 45 employers that span the hiring spectrum are scheduled to attend, and some may conduct on-site interviews.
Federal, state, local and private businesses that need engineers, marketers, retailers and teachers, among others, will be represented at the fair, which was rescheduled from early February because of a severe winter storm.
"The employers see value in UTEP students," said Betsy Castro-Duarte, associate director at the University Career Center and an event coordinator. "Many of them have previous work experience and they have reputations of go-getters. Having a large bilingual-bicultural pool of applicants is a given."
Career Connections is the first of three job fairs at the University in the next few weeks. Also scheduled are the Internship and Part-time Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in Union Building East, and the Teacher Job Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the Don Haskins Center.
Despite the improving national job numbers, it is still a chore to get a job, Castro-Duarte said. UTEP students must present themselves in the best light possible through appearance, strong credentials, and knowledge about their potential employers.
She advised students to come early and be ready to ask how their talents and skills could benefit the different businesses. She estimated that about 50 percent of the employers would be represented by UTEP graduates.
Senior computer science major Oscar Veliz said he planned to look for internship or fellowship opportunities through Career Connections and follow that with graduate school. He already has served two internships, including one with Exxon Mobil.
Veliz said he has been to several job fairs and called them great opportunities for students to network with employers. His preparation included meeting with career advisers in his college and through the University Career Center.
The internship fair offers students an opportunity to discuss short-term options, many times within their majors, that will make them more competitive job candidates in the future, said Nick Zweig, coordinator of the career center's Experiential Learning Program.
At least 40 employers from local government, public and private sectors are expected to attend that fair, he said.
Students are encouraged to learn about the attendees, talk with their representatives about available positions, and consider how those jobs can help them in their chosen fields or with professional skills such as teamwork, time management, communication (interpersonal and written) and public speaking, Zweig said.
Craig Thompson, another career center associate director, said he expected about 50 school districts from around the country to participate in the Teacher Job Fair. He called 2011 a difficult time to get a teaching job, so graduates should consider relocation, especially if they want to be bilingual teachers. "I encourage them to spread their wings and look beyond Texas and New Mexico," Thompson said. "They should be ready to explore all their options."
Job seekers can find helpful tips and lists of employers who will attend the Career Connections fair at the career center's website.
Originally posted on News @ UTEP.