It wasn’t all pens, frisbees, candy and cupcakes at Lane’s job fair on Thursday, April 16. Representatives from forty five companies gathered in The Center for Meeting and Learning to talk to students and answer questions about careers in their professions.
Companies represented included Market of Choice, The University of Oregon, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Nextstep Recycling and TSA.
According to a March 2014 report by the Economic Policy Institute, the unemployment rate of workers under 25 is 14.5 percent, over twice as much as the national rate of 6.7 percent. For young college graduates, the study found an 8.5 unemployment rate and a 16.8 percent underemployment rate.
“I think its difficult for a student to be going to school for something, spend all that money, all that time getting an education and then get out and find out they can’t get a job for what they went to school for,” Loydene Nielson of Pinnacle HealthCare Inc. said.
Many employers remarked on the large amount of interest students showed their professions. “That’s generally why we do it,” Nielson said. “I don’t think that we come here expecting to have a huge amount of hires when we leave here. But we come so we can get our name out, hopefully talk to people and explain who we are and what we do.”
In addition to having their questions answered, students were able to fill out applications and make connections with potential employers. The Fair is a way to “meet new people and get new ideas,” Junior Joy Stokes said.
“We’re having a lot of questions, people don’t understand what we do. So it gives them some other options I think, better explains the position,” Diana Twombley of the TSA said.
Computer Information Technology major Nate Tuenge had a strong idea of what he wanted for a career and discussed how he had been going around the room to specific booths. “I got some great information that is at least a good place to start,” he said.