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Students pursuing 'helping fields' attracted to Career Expo

November 02, 2011 12:00AM

Students interested in a career in health and education-related fields will get a chance to network with potential employers this week during Career Expo 2011: Health, Human Services and Education at Pittsburg State University.

The Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom. Organizations including hospitals and school districts will be on hand to speak with students about what it takes to find a position in the health and education fields.

Mindy Cloninger, director of the Office of Career Services, said this special expo gives the university a chance to educate students in a specific area of "helping fields" such as nursing, psychology and social work.

"This started years ago as a health fair, so the organizations that attended were mostly hospitals," she said. "This year we have far more school districts, and with all the financial issues they're facing, to see them put this into their travel budget says great things about our programs."

Cloninger said this expo, sponsored by Via Christi Health, is very educational for students job-hunting in these areas.

"It appeals to the ones who are attracted to careers that help or interact with people," she said. "Even with our larger Spring Career Day in February, this event makes it more convenient for students in these fields so they don't have to wade through organizations that don't match their interest or major. Any student going into a helping field can find something here that will interest them."

For more information, contact the Office of Career Services at 620-235-4140.

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