Students and alumni of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Southeast Arkansas College had the opportunity Wednesday to inquire about internship and employment opportunities with more than 60 employers as part of the 2013 Fall UAPB/SEARK Career Day and Teacher Education Fair.
Held in the H. O. Clemmons Arena of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex on the UAPB campus, the career fair attracted employers including the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Tyson Foods, the Arkansas Department of Human Services and the Benton School District.
A number of colleges and universities with graduate school programs were also represented.
“The students and alumni are able to meet and have conversations with employers at this event,” said Earnestine McLaughlin, Career Day coordinator and education counselor with the UAPB Department of Career Services. “It also helps students to understand how to use their majors to prepare them for the careers that they plan to pursue.”
McLaughlin said that several federal employers, including the U. S. Department of Agriculture, had to cancel because of the ongoing federal government shutdown.
“But we also had a few employers who signed up at the last minute,” McLaughlin said. “Altogether we have about 65 employers and graduate school representatives here today.”
Demetrius Anderson is a UAPB freshman computer science major who plans to go into computer programming and software development.
“This is very beneficial to the students because it shows us what is available to us in terms of careers and internships,” Anderson said. “I’ve been able to get some useful information. I spoke with representatives of Data Tronics Corp. to see what they are looking for.”
Crystal Jones will graduate from UAPB in December with a degree in criminal justice.
“I have been handing out a lot of resumes today,” Jones said. “I’m looking at law schools and finding out what job opportunities are available.”
Patrick Wilson and Dominique Sanders are annual visitors to the career day.
“Every time we come we get a new perspective on what our options are,” said Sanders, a UAPB junior biology major. “I am planning to become an optometrist.”
Wilson is a UAPB junior majoring in environmental biology and fisheries biology.
“I plan to become a conservation criminologist,” Wilson said. “It is a field that deals with environmental crime. Not many people go into this field, so attending this event every semester helps me to stay up to date on the field that I want to go into and find out what potential employers are looking for.”