Career Week aids student job search

By Melissa Prentice

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Organizers of the 14th annual Career Week hope to bring an end to many students' frustrations with a seemingly endless job search.

Student organizers of Career Week '94 have recruited representatives from more than 130 local and national companies, graduate schools and military organizations to participate in the event. Career Week '94 is scheduled for September 27-28 in the Arizona Ballroom of the University of Arizona Student Union, said Jay Altschuler, a student coordinator.

More than 4,500 students are expected to attend the event's opening day, which will focus on employment opportunities in business, liberal arts and retail fields, said Toral Patel, Career Week coordinator. The focus of the second day will be for the 4,000 engineering, science and agriculture students expected to attend, she said.

Booths from Intel Corporation, Motorola, Hughes Aircraft, IBM Corporation, AT&T, Ernst & Young, Honeywell, Neiman Marcus, Teach for America and various government organizations are expected to attract the most students, she said.

"Career Week facilitates the recruiting process for both students and employers," Patel said.

Altschuler said, "It's a great opportunity for students to make contacts with potential employers."

Many corporations, including Magma Copper Company, Baxter Health-care and Kimberly Clark, have immediate openings and have planned interviews for the following week. Others attend the event to make contacts with students and accept resumes or answer questions about spring on-campus interviews, Patel said.

One local company, Magma Copper, wants to find a chemist to fill an immediate position during Career Week '94. Director of Metallurgical Resources Al Liguori will be available on Sept. 28 to speak to students interested in applying for the chemist job, said J. Michael Benson, Magma's human resources coordinator. Magma has participated in the Career Week for several years, he said.

Students come to the event looking for immediate job openings to make contacts for future employment or internship opportunities, Altschuler said.

"It's up to the students how casual or dressed-up they want to be. Seniors or people looking for a job should come in suits, with their resumes ready," he said. Overall, the event is very casual and students are encouraged to stop in between classes, he said.

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