Texas A&M University- Kingsville Career Services held the annual TAMUK Career Fair last Thursday, September 5, at the Memorial Student Union Building.
Despite being held a month earlier Christian Ferris, director of Career Services at TAMUK, said his goals were surpassed.
“Compared to last fall’s numbers, we’re closer to 30 to 40 percent growth,” said Ferris. “I attribute that to having it earlier, and we had a lot more people on board to reach out to employers.”
Employer attendance was at a five-year high, Ferris said, as well as student attendance.
Employers from all spectrums of majors were in attendance, from engineering firms to H-E-B.
“There’s a pretty broad spectrum as to what types of positions and degrees that HEB looks for,” Samantha Pollack, Quality Assurance Team Leader, Corpus Christi Operation said. “We look for energetic people number one, we want them to know what they want to do and have goals.”
Karen Kelly TEACH Project Recruiter said the turn out of students that approached their table was very well.
“We are looking for people to teach high need subject areas and we’ve had an opportunity so far to talk to several students who are interested in those high needs areas,” Kelly said. “We are very optimistic that they’ll be good candidates for our program.”
David Johnson, Agriculture Business major, attended the Career Fair last year and said this year’s was much better.
“I found a lot more companies that were approachable,” Johnson said. “I would say an improvement definitely.”
The career fair was held a month earlier because a new graduation survey showed that students begin their search for a job the month they graduate, but Ferris says employers stop hiring six to nine months before that.
“We are trying to spread the word that [students] need to start their job search two semesters out of graduation,” Ferris said.