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Career Services Center Announces Fall 2019 Special Events to Connect Students, Employers

By Jeff Murphy, September 5, 2019

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WARRENSBURG, MO – The University of Central Missouri Career Services Center, which plans and organizes special events designed to connect students with employers, has announced its fall 2019 schedule. It includes changes in one of the major events, the (B.I.G.) Career Expo, to better serve both students and employers.

This fall, the (B.I.G.) Career Expo is being divided into smaller more tailored events which Career Services staff believe will create a “win-win situation” for students and employers.  These separate events are now scheduled as follows:

  • Professional Networking and Career Day – 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, Sandra Temple Elliott Ballroom of the UCM Elliott Student Union. This event is sponsored by the Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity.
  • Safety, Technology and Construction Career Expo – 1-4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30 in the Multipurpose Building arena.
  • Business, Communications and Government Career Expo – 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 in the UCM Multipurpose Building arena.

Joni Porter, employer relations representative at the Career Services Center, said career events are an ideal time for students to meet professionals in their particular field or major, ask questions, distribute resumes and explore a multitude of job opportunities. All students are encouraged to attend, regardless of class status.

She pointed out underclassmen will benefit from these events because they offer an outlook on the job market. Juniors, seniors, and anyone else who is interested in pursuing employment, either full-time or through an internship, should bring several copies of their resume. Graduate and professional schools also will be in attendance to answer questions about their programs and the application processes. Students are encouraged to wear professional attire.

On the days following the Safety, Technology and Construction Expo and the Business Communications and Government Career Expo, Career Services will host on-campus interviews. In order for a student to participate in an on-campus interview, they must meet with an employer at the expo and follow that employer’s application/interview process. All on-campus interviews will be organized by the Career Services Center and interviews will be conducted in the Ward Edwards Building.

Additional Career Services events will take place September through November as follows:

  • Etiquette Dinner – 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, in the ballroom of the Elliott Student Union
  • Education Interview Day – noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 Career Services Center, Ward Edwards 1200
  • Employer Mock Interview Week - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4-9, also at the Career Services Center.

Handshake is a useful tool that gives students an opportunity to find out which employers will be in attendance at Expo events. Students also can find out where the employer will be located and what majors they will be recruiting. To access Handshake, go to ucmo.joinhandshake.com.

For additional information about career expos and other special career-related events at UCM, please contact Career Services Center at 660-543-4985, or stop by Ward Edwards 1200.

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