Students seeking internships or professional employment met with approximately 110 businesses, government agencies and school districts Tuesday, March 6 at the 28th annual Career Day at The University of Texas-Pan American.
Advanced Micro Devices, Boeing Satellite Systems, the Central Intelligence Agency, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, General Mills, H.E.B. Grocery Co. and IBM were just some of the employers represented at the UTPA Fieldhouse. Participating school districts included Crystal City, Harlingen, Houston, La Joya, Laredo, Los Fresnos and Luling.
Robert Zamora, a senior marketing major, interviewed with Mervyn's, General Mills and Target.
"I got to meet with all three at once, and I don't think that would have been possible without this event," Zamora said. "A lot of students take it for granted because it's offered every year, but where else can you meet over 100 employers in one single location?"
Anabel Pena, a representative of the Region One Education Service Center in Edinburg, has attended Career Day for four years. She said it is a wonderful event for students looking to become teachers.
"We've talked to graduate students, undergrads and high school students, and we've been to present them some of the opportunities that are available in the school districts," Pena said.
Enedelia Kidd, director of Career Placement Services - which sponsored Career Day - said the event was rewarding for both students and recruiters. About 4,000 people attended, comparable to last year's total.
"Career Day helps both the students and recruiters get together and discuss what one has to benefit the other," Kidd said.
"What we do is provide both the student and the employer an opportunity for them to discuss each others needs. That's really what choosing a career is all about - finding that perfect match."