Employment fair provides students opportunities
Students have the opportunity to go network with potential employers at the Wildcat Student Employment Fair on Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center North Ballroom.
The Wildcat Student Employment Fair is an annual fair with over 57 local and on-campus businesses, such as Apple Inc. and the Center for Creative Photography, which are all intending to hire students for part-time jobs. The university will also be offering three unpaid internships with the Arizona Democratic Party, the UA Federal Relations and the UA Peace Corps.
“We are looking to fill 600 part-time jobs for a variety of different skills and positions,” said Susan Miller-Pinhey , the marketing and events manager for University of Arizona Career Services.
The employment fair is an event seeking to benefit both students and businesses alike.
“Local businesses are always looking to join the job fair,” Miller-Pinhey said. “They pay us to be a part of it.”
Miller-Pinhey hopes many students will attend the event.
“The more the merrier,” Miller-Pinhey said. “The more students we have, the more talent we have to evaluate and the more jobs we can offer.”
Junior Breanna Watkins, a student ambassador at Career Services, has experienced the benefits of the Wildcat Student Employment Fair firsthand.
“I went to the job fair my freshmen year and I found a part-time job there,” Watkins said. “I also have a lot of friends that found jobs.”
Junior Taeler Motta works as a marketing assistant at Career Services and hopes students will not dismiss the fair, but rather give it a chance, as it provides a unique opportunity for students to get a head start on their career.
“It is a really great experience and it is really cool seeing what kind of jobs students can get,” Motta said.
Career Services also has some advice for students looking to make themselves more employable. Students should bring their resume and dress business casual, Miller-Pinhey said.
Motta hopes students will be open to new job opportunities.
“Keep an open mind; the job you get here is not going to be your career,” Motta said. “Look for jobs that you have not done before.”
Watkins suggested that students be proactive.
“Don’t be afraid to talk to employers,” Watkins said. “They will be supportive. Career Services is here to answer any questions you have.”
Dylan Carter, a pre-business sophomore, hopes the Wildcat Student Employment Fair will help students make ends meet.
“A lot of students have tuition and other bills to pay,” Carter said, “and I think the job fair can help them do that.”
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