Students at The University of Texas-Pan American interested in health careers met with prospective employers at the annual Allied Health Professions Job Expo, Thursday, April 26.
Students who attended the expo at the Health Sciences and Human Services complex said it offered them an opportunity to meet with recruiters and enter the workforce sooner. Area hospitals and medical centers were represented, along with Children's Medical Center of Dallas.
"It betters employment opportunities because it provides lots of information all in one place that we otherwise would not have anywhere else," said Monica Cosme-Garza, a senior pre-med student. "It's also a lot easier when it's all here at the University because when I'm not at school, I'm at work."
Sponsored by Career Placement Services (CPS), the Allied Health Professions Job Expo gives students insight into their future career plans and a chance to learn about different job opportunities, organizers said.
"All of the employment representatives here are looking for nurses. Those positions in particular are in the highest demand right now, but they're also looking for physical therapists, social workers and other specialists," said Velinda Reyes, CPS assistant director.
"They (the employers) are here discussing job opportunities, salary scales and bonuses, and some are even having students fill out job applications or having them visit their facility for more information."