Students gain advice at job fair

Career services sponsored an on-campus job fair Tuesday, Sept. 5. Students learned about jobs that require students to hold a federal work study award or regular positions open to all students.

Staff from various departments at UMKC attended the fair. These departments sought students to work in the Writing Studio, help with basic office duties and even become peer mentors.

Welcome Center manager Elora Thomas explained the importance of hiring students in her office.

“Students who work in the welcome center represent the office of admissions and help us do our jobs efficiently because they can help new students as they have been through the process of admissions,” said Thomas.

First time attendees at a job fair can be intimidated by the number of tables there are and may not know how to approach a person to ask about a potential job.

Kim Kushner, Events and Orientation Coordinator encouraged students to take charge. “Students ask questions and learn as much about campus as they can,” she said.

Kara Kynion, a Graduate Writing Specialist at the UMKC Writing Studio, said “We are looking for writing consultants who meet with students and help them develop their essays and we also have work study positions where students make appointments and manage the front desk.”

From left: Joao Trivelatto and Juan Pulido gained valuable advice from the on campus job fair.

From left: Joao Trivelatto and Juan
Pulido gained valuable advice from
the on campus job fair.

Sometimes seek jobs for many different reasons.

Joao Trivelatto, a junior from Cascavel, Brazil, offered his perspective.

“Getting a job is what I want, but it also provides you to meet a good network of people and get professional advice and encourages you to attend other events,” said Cascavel.

Attending these events with other students can help make talking to potential employers easier. Trivelatto visited the fair with Juan Pulido, a junior from Bogota, Columbia. Pulido sees the value in attending these events even if they do not lead to a job.

“This is a good preparation for life and it gives yourself a chance to interact with people and even if you are not hired the people will you give you good feedback,” said Pulido.

Even if students did not find a job that interested them, the advice that was given is sure to be remembered.

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