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Career Fair provides opportunity and networking for students
By Nicole Boychuk, Intern
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Posted: 03/15/2006
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More than 650 students from The University of Texas-Pan American attended the 33rd Annual Career Fair Tuesday, Feb. 28 in the UTPA Fieldhouse to network with recruiters who represented more than 50 prospective employers.

Heidy Castillo, a graduate student in communication studies, attended the fair, and said she learned about various organizations, what they stand for and what they offer to UTPA students.


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Dexter Robinson, human resources manager with Austin Energy, talks with Ricardo Valdes, a UTPA electrical engineering graduate student at the 33rd Annual Career Fair. More than 650 students attended the fair at the Fieldhouse Tuesday, Feb. 28 to network with recruiters who represented more than 50 prospective employers.
“This (fair) really gives us the opportunity to see that there is a lot more outside of the Valley,” she said.

Kenneth Sedlock, vice president of the Western Division at AXA Advisors, was impressed with UTPA students, who he felt were well prepared and exhibited a lot of professionalism.

“I think career services is doing a great job of preparing your student populace to enter the work force,” Sedlock said.

He also stressed the importance of students attending career fairs to get a good feel for what the work force is looking for.

Larry Burciaga, a recruiter for State Farm, said the job market is constantly changing and believes it is important for students to stay up to date with new careers. Burciaga said he was pleasantly surprised with the quality of students he had talked to.

“I think we have a good core group of students that brings to the table a whole lot of character traits that we’re looking for at State Farm,” Burciaga said.

Velinda Reyes, director of Career Placement Services, said she received a lot of positive feedback from both exhibitors and students.

“I feel that we have established new partnerships, which will lead to more opportunities for our students,” Reyes said.

Career Placement Services is organizing two more career fairs for the spring semester. A Teachers Job Expo is scheduled for April 6 in the UTPA Fieldhouse, and a Student Employment Job Fair for April 13 in the University Ballroom.

For more information on career fairs, contact Career Placement Services at 956/381-2243 or stop by the office, Student Services Building, Room 2.101.

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