Nursing job fair introduces senior students to job opportunities

Senior year is a stressful time for college students. As they prepare for graduation, one question continually lingers in every student’s mind: Where will I work after graduation? Nursing majors must decide whether they want to work in a large hospital, small clinic or other healthcare setting. Finding jobs in the nursing field is especially important for UMHB students, as the nursing program is the largest undergraduate program on
campus.

In order to alleviate some of the stress that comes with job-hunting and to help prepare students for life in the workforce, UMHB’s Career Services hosts several job fairs throughout the school year. On Tuesday, Feb. 19, the Nursing Job Fair was held in the Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center.

Nursing students who will be graduating in May attended the event dressed in professional attire to impress prospective employers. About 15 different employers had booths set up at the event. Students had the opportunity to visit each table, learn more about the employers who were present and ask questions about life as a nurse.

Director of Career Services Don Owens thought the event was a success. “The recruiters are always most impressed with our students,” he said. “The seniors attending the event are always so well prepared and dressed professionally.”

Senior nursing major Marvellous Ukuku attended the event. “I enjoyed the opportunity to showcase my credentials and see the different avenues the nursing world has for me to explore,” she said.

After she graduates in May, she hopes to work as a neonatal infant care nurse. “I would like to be a nurse that provides care to all spectrums of vulnerable populations,” she stated.

According to the Career Services website, “the mission of University Career Services, a division of Student Life, is to encourage and assist students in the discovery of their unique talents and gifts, development of career and job-related skills, and leadership in purpose and vision as they pursue their vocation.”

Not all of the job fairs hosted by Career Services are exclusively for nursing students. On March 21, an Education Job Fair will be held in McLane Great Hall in Bawcom Student Union from 2-3:30 p.m. Students who want to pursue a career in education are encouraged to attend.

Owens recommends that all UMHB students join Handshake, a recruiting platform that allows students and alumni to connect with potential employers online.

To learn more about upcoming events hosted by Career Services, stop by their office on the second floor of Mabee Student Success Center or call 254-295-4691.

Author: Emily Mahan

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