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Employers talk shop with students at Expo

By Darnell Daley
Staff Writer

February 21, 2013

Photo by Darnell Daley

An employer talks with a visitor at the Career Center Expo in the UC Annex on Feb. 13.

The Career Center provided an easy way for students to meet with future employers on Feb. 13 at the Career Expo.

About 23 employers and graduate school representatives spoke about post-graduate opportunities to approximately 60 students.

The Career Expo has been an annual event for 10 years.

Students can expect the Career Center to help as much as they can in finding students a job.

Exposing students to opportunities outside of the community and looking for ties to the community to show students what they can do with their major are things the Career Center is working on.

Mallory Bower, assistant director of Career Services, said that by attending the Career Expo people can discover jobs they never knew existed, such those promoted at the exhibit for the city of Wilmington. Many people didn't realize the number of jobs available for the city of Wilmington.

Bower also can meet with students who are unsure what career they want to have or if they want to go to graduate school.

She also teaches students how to build a resume, prepare a cover letter and be professional in the business world.

She became a career counselor by accident. She said she originally wanted to be an English teacher, but trial and error led her to career counseling. She urges students to go out and try new things.

"Get out and do stuff," she said. If something looks interesting to you, whether it's a club or an event, go to it and find out what it's about.

"Many students start out in doing a major they think is going to be fun, such as nursing, then they realize they don't like a particular subject, such as biology. Well, nursing has a lot of biology in it," she explained.

Bower said during college she enjoyed writing so from English she majored in mass communication. From mass communication, she interned doing public relations for the United Way in Pennsylvania.

From there, she found another internship for event planning through the contact with the United Way. They asked her to plan their career fairs. As a result, she got a job working in the career center on her campus and getting the chance to work with college students.

From there, she found not only her own contacts but also her niche.

"Reputation is everything, and if you're not turning in your homework on time or even showing up to class on time, people remember that," she said.

Job searching is a lot simpler than it sounds. People frame it in big words, such as networking and career developing which to some may be intimidating, but if people were to think about it in terms of go do something.

Then, if you don't like it, stop doing it. If you like it, keep doing more of it. Then, it's not as hard as it sounds.

"Start early at least within the junior year working on reputation, building a resume, just simple things like that can go a long way," Bower said.

The Career Center and SGA will be co-sponsoring the business etiquette dinner on March 22.

Karen Thomas, an internationally certified etiquette consultant, will speak on the ins and outs of etiquette dining, what you should wear and which forks you should use for each course.The cost of tickets is $10 and usually tickets sell out quickly.

Also, on March 22, there will be a career closet yard sale for students looking to build their professional wardrobe.

They can come out and buy donated business attire for less than $10.

The next day in a one-day professional career development institute there will be a mini conference with students on how to develop resumes, how to job search well and transition into jobs among other skills.

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