Career Services Center is hosting the first-ever Education and Human Services Career Expo Monday, in the Multipurpose Building.
The expo is designed to help student teachers and other majors such as child and family development, social work, psychology, speech pathology and more, find internships and jobs after graduation, according to Career Services.
The event is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. and is free to all students. Registration is not required, although Career Services encourages students to register, as it is helpful for attendance preparation.
Sarah Cavanah, event coordinator and career advisor, said they have 92 employers registered so far and she anticipates more will register within the week.
This is the first year Career Services planned the expo to coincide with midterm student-teacher meetings in order to maximize the student teacher turnout. These meetings address evaluations, future employment procedures and career fair promotion.
This is also the first time the education and human services departments have been combined in the same career expo.
“We know school districts can often hire nurses, school psychologists and social workers, so that’s why we decided to see how it goes this year,” Cavanah said.
Cavanah said Career Services hopes that by opening up the fair to human services majors, they will have a good representation of those majors.
Students can log onto the Handshake app through MyCentral to see a detailed list of employers that will be attending the event.
The link to Handshake and other helpful websites can be found on the Career Services Center website.
Cavanah encourages freshmen through seniors to become involved in the expo by volunteering or attending.
Another major-specific career expo, the Health Care Career Expo, was Monday, March 4, at the Missouri Innovation Campus in Lee’s Summit and was aimed at nursing majors, Cavanah said. Career Services is hoping to expand into other major-specific expos next fall.
“Smaller ones more tailored to the specific majors and having more of them is something we’re talking about for the future,” Cavanah said.
Cavanah said she understands that large career expos can be overwhelming and hopes that smaller career expos will motivate more students to participate.
Shelby Linville, a junior social work major, said she looks forward to the idea of smaller career expos that cater to specific majors.
Linville hopes that eventually human services will have its own career expo, separate from education.
For more information or to register for the expo, contact the Career Services Center or visit the Attend A Career Event page on the Career Services Center website.
Career Services website: https://www.ucmo.edu/offices/career-services-center/
Attend A Career Event page: https://www.ucmo.edu/offices/career-services-center/employers/attend-a-career-event/index.php