Students canvas fair for future employers


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Tyler Jinks, senior finance, economics and international business major, with an interest in finance, speaks with Jeff Scott, a spokesperson for Jack Henry financial institute, Wednesday morning during Career Development Day on the 3rd floor of the Billingsly Student Center.

Representatives from a wide variety of businesses, graduate schools, law enforcement agencies, military services and others all showed up for Career Day Wednesday at Missouri Southern.

It is a great opportunity for MSSU students and alumni to get “real world” information about a variety of career fields from representatives of various organizations and many students took advantage of this opportunity.

“Students as well as faculty and staff have the opportunity to see how Career Services is helping MSSU students prepare for the career of their lifetime,” said Lora Burch of the Career Services Office at MSSU.

MSSU students, alumni, faculty and staff who came to MSSU’s Career Day had the opportunity to fill out applications, ask questions and obtain more information about one of the many local employers at the event.

“This is a great opportunity to talk to local employers; it’s never too early to start getting connections,” said Chad Williams, freshman biology major.

Students who came dressed professionals were more likely to land the job at the Career Day.

“I didn’t take the time to talk to students who were dressed poorly,” said Caley Churchwell, staff accountant for Mense, Churchwell, and Mense P.C. “You are here to market yourself, why not take advantage of that?”

Churchwell said her company comes to Career Day because most of its staff are graduates of MSSU and they care about community involvement and higher education.

MSSU’s Office of Career Services recommends that after Career Development Day students should write thank-you letters as soon as possible and complete and return any applications given by employers. Also if a student failed to get a business card and can’t find an employers contact information in any other way, students can stop by Career Services in Spiva Library second floor, Room 207, to get employer contact information.