On Wednesday, September 21, The University of West Alabama held a Career Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Career Expo gave students a chance to plan for their futures.
Tammy White said, “The Expo is a great opportunity for students to connect with a variety of employers. With 36 employers and 6 graduate/professional schools participating along with UWA Colleges, students had an opportunity to explore internships, jobs, and career paths or gain advice about applying for graduate school.”
The event was held in two places this year. The Bell Conference Center was set up with employers looking for employees and the Tutwiler Conference Center, which is located in Lyon Hall, had graduate schools as well as our own school.
Linda Goodson, Director of Admissions and Enrollment for the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine said, “We actually have a couple of students from [UWA] in our school, and they are very good students. It’s a great opportunity for us to come and meet students about their careers.”
Thomas Ausborn, AmeriCorps VISTA of the United Way of West Alabama said, “I feel it’s been a very good opportunity for me and my organization to gain many volunteers or maybe coworkers for the Bright Minds Reading Program.”
The Career Expo had many businesses, government, and non-profit agencies from different parts of Alabama and Mississippi. Students gain the opportunity to have jobs, internships, or gain information about the business or have a place to go to for graduate school. UWA students did not need to be dressed in business attire for this event, but some businesses prefer for some students to dress up for the occasion.
Tammy White said, “Employers noted the attitude and professionalism of students was impressive. Some noted they had made good contacts. We encourage students to follow up with employers to make the most of the information they received at the expo. We appreciate each employer and graduate school who made the trip to Livingston and spent time here to meet with UWA students.”
If a student did not get a chance to go to the career expo or see the desired schools, they can schedule an appointment with Career Services and seek to attend future events on campus or promoted by Career Services to help them connect with employers or graduate schools. Career Services, also, will help prepare students to reach out to an employer or graduate school of their choice. They believe in preparation to be the key to success.