Career Fair opens doors for students


By Josie Loza

Libby Hasenbank browsed dozens of booths at the Career Fair on Wednesday looking for information about future jobs.

Hasenbank, a freshman, said she wasn’t looking for a job at the moment.

“I just wanted to see what the area businesses had to offer,” she said.

She was offered three part-time positions and an internship from various corporations.

“It’s great that these business come from all over,” Hasenbank said.

More than 89 business set up booths at the fair to distribute brochures, applications and business cards. Many students were also able to have representatives critique their portfolios.

Student Jamie Anderson believes the Career Fair is an effective way to bring businesses and students together.

“It’s a good way to lure people in,” she said.

Nancy Nish, director of UNO’s Career Center, said the attendance for the fair averaged 1,200 students.

“It’s been a great turn out,” she said.

Nish encouraged all students to attend the event. She said that over the years she has noticed seniors and freshmen tend to take advantage of the fair.

“It’s good for the underclassmen to attend and find out the potential job opportunities available for them,” Nish said.

Jessica Knoke, a junior, said she was looking for more information about acquiring a job in the fields of law enforcement and banks.

“I learned that you have to be 21 to take the standardized test to become an officer in both the Omaha and Sarpy police forces,” she said. “I’m not 21, so I guess I have to wait.”

Junior Elene Cudd went to the fair to gather pamphlets about educational organizations.

“These career fairs don’t really have anything that relates to me,” she said.

Cudd, an education major, said there is more of a focus on corporate institutions rather than the educational field.

Knoke said that the availability of information depends on a student’s major.

“If you’re going into business, there are lots of opportunities,” she said.


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