By SARA GIBONEY
KEARNEY – Students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will explore career opportunities during Career Days Sept. 29 to Oct. 14. A Job Search Boot Camp, career fairs and more will take place during the two-week event.
This is the first time individual career fairs and job search workshops are being promoted and hosted as a series of events at UNK. Organizers hope the approach creates additional interest on campus.
“Several departments are working together to increase the excitement on campus about professional development events, which we hope will lead to an increase in student participation, ”said Aaron Estes, associate director of Academic and Career Services.
“These events have value for freshmen through seniors. It allows students to practice their networking skills and interact with businesses.”
Estes said students approaching graduation can find jobs, juniors can look for internships, and freshman and sophomores can explore potential careers and network. Students can also explore graduate school opportunities.
“We can see a difference in the students who have come to these events beginning their first year. They have established relationships and are able to put their best foot forward,” Estes said.
The Job Search Boot Camp is from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 29) in the Nebraskan Student Union rooms 310 and 312. The program gives students a chance to interact with employers while developing fundamental job search skills. The camp has three different stations students can participate in: speed interviewing, resume critiques and a mock career fair.
Companies in attendance will include Buckle, GIX Logistics, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Viaero Wireless, Xpanxion, CHI Health Good Samaritan, Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, Hello Beautiful Bridal and First National Bank.
The 27th annual Criminal Justice Conference and Career Fair is Oct. 5. The annual conference includes a career fair attended by representatives from local, state and federal criminal justice agencies. This event is free and open to the public.
On Oct. 8, students are invited to Gain Your Career Fair Edge, which is in the Memorial Student Affairs Building Sisler Room. To register, students must email their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Career Fair Edge” in the subject line by Oct. 1.
Students who attend will get their resume sent to all career fair employers one week before the fair, exclusive access to the Career Fair Directory that includes employers and positions, entry into a drawing to win Loper apparel and a professional package that includes 10 business cards, a professional headshot and pre-printed name tag with a lanyard. The meeting is from 4 to 5 p.m.
The Fall Career and Graduate School Fair is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Health and Sports Center. Nearly 100 companies and organizations are expected to be represented at the event, which is free and open to the public.
The career fair is sponsored by Buckle, GIX Logistics, Eaton Corp., Nelnet and Sherwin-Williams.
More than 20 businesses will be represented at the Industrial Distribution Career Event from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 in the Nebraskan Student Union. The event specifically targets industrial distribution students.
CAREER DAYS SCHEDULE
Tuesday, Sept. 29
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. – Job Search Boot Camp (Nebraskan Student Union, 310 and 312)
Monday, Oct. 5
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Criminal Justice Conference and Career Fair (Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room ) *Open to the public
Thursday, Oct. 8
4 to 5 p.m. – Gain Your Career Fair Edge (Memorial Student Affairs Building Sisler Room)
Monday, Oct. 12
7 to 8:30 p.m. – Supply Chain Networking Reception (Holiday Inn)
8 to 10:15 a.m. – Industrial Distribution Program Partner Breakouts (Nebraskan Student Union, Room 310 and 312, Sandhills Room)
1 to 4 p.m. – Industrial Distribution Career Fair (Nebraskan Student Union)
Tuesday, Oct. 13
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Fall Career and Graduate School Fair (Health and Sports Center) *Open to the public
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Industrial Distribution Company Conducted Interviews (Nebraskan Student Union)
2:30 p.m. – Nebraska Bankers Association Reception
Wednesday, Oct. 14
8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m – Health Careers Exploration Fair (Nebraskan Student Union)
9 a.m. – Health Careers keynote Dr. Brad Bohn (Fine Arts Building Recital Hall)
10 to 10:50 a.m. – Group B Health Careers Breakout Sessions: “What’s Your Major,” “How to Get Form Here to Health Care,” and “From Seatbelts to Smallpox Vaccines … What is Public Health?” (Ponderosa B, C, D)
11 to 11:50 a.m. – Group C Health Careers Breakout Sessions: “What’s Your Major,” “How to Get From Here to Health Care,” and “From Seatbelts to Smallpox Vaccines … What is Public Health?” (Ponderosa B, C, D)
Noon to 12:50 p.m. – Group A Health Careers Breakout Sessions: “What’s Your Major,” “How to Get From Here to Health Care,” and “From Seatbelts to Smallpox Vaccines … What is Public Health?” (Ponderosa B, C, D)
2:30 p.m. – Health Science Education Complex tours (HSEC Atrium)
Source: Aaron Estes, 308.865.8501, email@example.com
Writer: Sara Giboney, 308.865.8529, firstname.lastname@example.org