Career Fair lacks variety of businesses
October 17, 2013
The annual UW-River Falls Career Fair took place this past Wednesday, and if you are an agriculture major, going into sales or want to go to graduate school, then it was the perfect place for you.
For the rest of campus, including the College of Arts and Sciences, which is the biggest college on campus, then the event would be a pointless waste of time.
Every year all students are encouraged to attend the Career Fair, and one of the biggest complaints from students continues to be that it seems to be an event centered around agriculture students. Despite the complaints, there has not been anything done to adjust the event.
The Career Fair provides opportunities for students to talk with potential future employers, and teaches them to act and dress professionally. It also provides students with a chance to have their resume’s looked at by potential employers.
Many students have gained internships and jobs from the Career Fair as well, so there is no arguing that it has made a positive impact on campus.
However, with more than 45 majors on campus, it would be nice to see every major have a chance to talk with businesses in its field to form connections and try for interviews.
Otherwise the Career Fair may as well change its name to the agriculture fair.
Agriculture students have so much of an advantage when it comes to the career fair that the Agricultural Business and Marketing Society (ABMS) club has a special event where it meets the night before the Career Fair with some of the businesses which will be at the fair. Giving ABMS an inside advantage.
We are not saying it is a bad thing that agriculture students have so many opportunities from the Career Fair. We would love to see all these businesses keep coming back every year and see students take full advantage of the fair.
What we would like to see is all of these businesses and more. It would benefit the whole campus and students going into the work force if the Career Fair were to cater to more students’ needs.
There was only one business at the fair that was looking for potential counselors or residential supervisors, even though psychology is the second largest major on campus.
English, art, geography, geology, health and human performance, history, journalism, music, political science, sociology, and theatre arts are all examples of majors with either only a few opportunities, or no opportunities at all, to find a job or internship in that field at the fair.
We hope the Career Fair will stay strong with what it is doing right and expand to do more to help more students on campus in the future.