Students planning to further their careers after graduation can attend the Texas A&M- Kingsville Career Fair September 6 at the Memorial Student Union Building Ballrooms from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The career fair is being held a month earlier because a new graduation survey showed that students begin their search for a job the month they graduate, but Christian Ferris, director of Career Services at Texas A&M-Kingsville, says employers stop hiring six to nine months before that.
“We are out there trying to spread the word that [students] need to start their job search two semesters out of graduation,” Ferris said.
This year, the career fair will be split, with the Javelinas Technology and Engineering Career Fair in Ballroom B and All-Majors Career Fair will be in Ballroom A.
“It was easy [to split the two] because while traditionally 30 to 40 percent of our career fair attendees are here for non-engineering careers, twice that number are here for engineers, and some students felt a little lost in the room,” Ferris said.
The All-Majors career fair has employers attending from FBI to entertainment.
“It depends on what you want to do,” Ferris said. “There is a broad range of opportunities available what ever your major is.”
For the first two weeks of school, Career Services has been closed so they can be set up in the academic buildings around campus.
“Right up until the career fair we are in every academic building at least once, sometimes twice, so students can get the help they need without going far to get it,” Ferris said.
The career fair has a dress code in place and students are reminded to dress business casual.
“Since we instituted the dress code employers have told us that they are impressed with our students the way that they are not impressed at other universities,” Ferris said.
Though TAMUK is a small university and this may hinder how many employers come, there are still plenty of positives, Ferris says.
“We have advantages that are really helping us grow our career fair like the quality of our students and their work ethic,” Ferris said. “So there are a lot of factors, positives that help us draw companies to our university.”