Walking around the vast and hilly campus of Texas State in dark, tailored slacks and painfully high heels is a small price to pay if it could possibly land you a job in your desired field.
In the blazing heat, students could be seen sweating it out with resumes in tow making their way to the LBJSC Ballroom on Monday to attend the Mass Communication Career Fair.
Participants were given an opportunity to visit with possible future employers and discuss career prospects.
The event was held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and was presented by Career Services and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The career fair is just one of the many events available for students who want to gain information and advice on their field during this year’s Mass Communication Week.
Chuck Kaufman, internship, scholarship and career development coordinator and senior lecturer for mass communication, said he encountered students in the past who attended job fairs offered at Texas State and were disappointed by a lack of representatives from their fields. Last year, he approached Career Services about having a job fair specifically for mass communication students.
“I know last year the companies received lots of resumes, and I know some students who got internships directly from the career fair,” Kaufman said.
Representatives from about 15-20 companies were present in order to meet with interested students and offer information about job opportunities.
“It’s a good one-stop shop,” said Andrianna Jordan, sales project specialist at KEYE-TV. “It’s great to come to events like this. You get to ask questions and get a lot of information from different employers. It’s important to keep your eye on the prize. Students should be willing and ready to work, and they need to gain experience and knowledge in their field.”
The companies at the career fair represented all the sequences offered in mass communication: print journalism, electronic media, advertisting and public relations.
“I like the wide diversity,” said Amabilia Esparza, mass communication senior. “I’m in electronic media, and I really like talking to people who could possibly be a good connection to have in the future. I like to come to these events for networking. It’s great to come and speak with people face to face and show how much you care about your career.”
Some of the companies in attendance were Time Warner Cable, South by Southwest Festival, Latinworks Marketing and Central Texas Medical Center.
“I want to see what opportunities are available,” said Ann Zepeda, public relations senior. “It’s a good way to meet new people. There are other job fairs but this one is specifically geared to mass communication majors. This event is just a small taste of what it’s like when you’re trying to get a real job. You have to get your foot in the door.”
by: Cassandra Delgado