Career Services to host cookout
Students may come to MLK Plaza today for some burgers and music, but what they will also be offered is a chance to meet with employers and connect with USF Career Services.
USF’s new Assistant Vice President for Career Services Russ Coughenour said this time of year is critical for students seeking jobs, as “about 70 percent of on-campus recruiting” happens between mid September and Thanksgiving.
To help draw attention to Career Services early in the year, Coughenour said Career Services is hosting a kick-off cookout between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. today.
“We’re trying to draw attention to on-campus recruiting season… and combine it with the excitement of Bulls football,” he said.
The event will feature corporate sponsors who will have employers set up at tables. Sponsors include USAA, Busch Gardens, Target, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Total Quality Logistics and Aramark.
While the event will include free burgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers, as well as a Bulls Radio DJ, corporate sponsors will also have raffles, such as Busch Gardens, which will offer six people one-day passes to the park.
The event also aims to remind students about other events hosted by Career Services, such as the internship and part-time job fair on Wednesday in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Student Government (SG) Director of Community Affairs Jeremy Redford said SG will also co-sponsor the event, help raise awareness of Career Services among students and help establish better relationships between recruiters and students.
“It’s one thing to go to a job fair that lasts one day, but Career Services works with you and can regularly give career guidance and counseling,” Redford said. “… It’s more than putting you in a suit and editing a resume … (Career Services) is a full career experience that sets you up with a job after graduation.”
Career Services will also host a career fair for all majors on Sept. 23 and another fair for those in technology fields on Sept. 24.