The Government, Nonprofit and Social Services fair welcomed itself to campus Thursday at the Hunter Welcome Center.
Brooke Nichols, the career network specialist for the Career Center, said this event was meant for students to start learning the process of job searching and networking.
“The event is for freshman who are still exploring a variety of career options,” Nichols said. “Sophomores who are starting to narrow their interests and are looking to develop their student portfolio through meaningful experiences and upperclassmen who are preparing to apply and want to network for employment opportunities.”
Nichols also emphasized the importance and value of these fairs and how they help college students.
“It allows students to explore industries and employers while learning how to present themselves in a professional manner,” Nichols said. “I always encourage students to come at the beginning. It allows you to make a great first impression when there is a lot of energy in the room. However, it never hurts to stop back by later in the event to thank particular employers again for their time.”
The Government, Nonprofit and Social Services fair was put on by the West Central Texas Career Consortium. It consisted of six colleges: Abilene Christian University, Angelo State University, Cisco College, Hardin-Simmons University, Howard Payne University and McMurry University.
If a student could not attend the event Thursday, Nichols says it is not anything to worry about. There are multiple events planned for the future.
“ACU Career Center offers multiple fairs per year and several networking events throughout the year,” Nichols said. “Some are more general and broad, while others are more specific to a smaller target of majors. This semester we have already hosted a Part Time Job and Internship Fair.”
Admission is free to the fair. Nichols said the funding comes elsewhere to put on these types of events.
“This particular effort is funded partially by our consortium budget,” Nichols said. “The employers also participating pay a small fee. This helps cover the costs of the rental of tables, chairs and the zones in the McCaleb Conference Center.”