Students Find Opportunities at Career and Internship Fair – The Daily Utah Chronicle


Xiangyao Tang

Recruiters chat with students at the A. Ray Olpin University Union career fair in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sept. 20, 2022. (Photo by Xiangyao “Axe” Tang | The Daily Utah Chronicle)

With over 100 different employers in attendance, the Student Union’s main ballroom was filled with tables for Job and internship fair September 20, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event was aimed at non-STEM employers, with representatives from large corporations like PepsiCo to local municipalities such as the Salt Lake City School District. If a student was interested in working in a non-profit, government, healthcare or business, there were employers eager to talk to potential employees.

The fair was organized by the Career and Professional Development Center, an on-campus organization created to help students pursue their professional goals. They frequently host events such as the Career and Internship Fair throughout the semester to help connect people to various opportunities and to help build student networks.

“Because networking is like the number one way to find a job, it’s a great way to connect with employers face-to-face,” said Mary Arola, deputy director of marketing and communications for the center. “It’s a great way to get face-to-face interaction and real-time feedback from employers.”

At first, the event was very overwhelming for Lauren Nusbaum, an undeclared sophomore at U. She said it was loud and noisy, but after talking to people at the Career and Professional Development Center, she was ready to talk to employers. .

“I have family talking about future student opportunities, how you need to market yourself, and I even have friends right now talking about ‘oh, I need to get a job,'” a Nusbaum said. “And then stuff like that shows up at school… [which] makes it so convenient and a bit stress free to find new opportunities.

Prior to attending the event, Arola advocated that students use one of the tools provided by the Career and Professional Development Center called Hand shakea platform that connects students to counselors via the center, acts as a bulletin board and allows people to keep up to date with future events organized by the center.

“Handshake allowed students to see all of the employers who were going to be there before the event itself and to search by job titles and interests,” Arola said. “You can click on some of the job descriptions [to] find out a bit more. You can learn a little more about their values, their mission.

The Career and Professional Development Center organizes many of these events to help people connect with a variety of future employers. While this event focuses specifically on non-STEM positions, coming up is the Energy and Quarry Fair Monday, September 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a STEM Internship and Career Fair Tuesday, September 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both of these events will also take place in the Union Ballroom.

You can find more details about all the fairs and exhibitions that the Career and Professional Development Center is organizing this semester on their website.

Afterwards, the Professional and Career Development Center offers many other opportunities, such as a non-profit job fair and virtual job fairs.

“I wish I could tell all my friends to come here right now,” Nusbaum said. “It’s a good way for our tuition to get [used] frankly.”

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