EDINBURG – Students seeking internships or professional employment met with about 110 businesses, government agencies and school districts Tuesday at the 27th annual Career Day at The University of Texas-Pan American.
Raytheon Co., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Xerox, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and Texas Parks & Wildlife were just some of the employers represented at the UTPA Fieldhouse. Participating school districts included Harlingen, Los Fresnos, Garland, Temple, Midland and La Joya.
Jessica Gonzalez of Weslaco, who is pursuing her GED (General Education Development) degree, was expecting to use Career Day to find out more about radiology. Instead, she took a liking to business professions.
"I’ve learned a lot, and this has given me a lot of ideas," she said. "I initially was considering radiology, but now I have more information, I’m reconsidering."
The same holds true for Michael Garcia. A sophomore physical therapy major, he also is contemplating a career change following a visit with several recruiters.
"This is helping me decide what I want to do after I graduate," he said. "I came in looking for physical therapy jobs, but there are other professions now that I’m looking at."
Meanwhile, Dwight Wilkins of Raytheon was impressed with the interest and enthusiasm expressed by UTPA students. For example, at the company’s information session last fall, 40-45 students attended, the highest turnout of any university or college he’s visited.
"We’ve been overwhelmed with the response," said Wilkins of Raytheon, which specializes in commercial and defense electronics, engineering and construction, and aircraft. "Everybody seems to have a lot of interest in us, and we’re seeing the types of people we want to see. We’re just trying to get a pipeline established, and we’re going to be here every time we can."
Enedelia Kidd, director of Career Placement Services – which sponsored Career Day – said the event was rewarding for both students and recruiters.
"It’s important that students make informed decisions about their career, and Career Day provides valuable information towards making that decision," she said. "This creates a strong partnership between students and employers, too."