CSU’s Career Expo Set for March 30; Employer Participation Shows Modest Rebound

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Career and job seekers will have access to employers representing about 55 companies during Careers Expo 2011 on Wednesday, March 30 at Columbus State University.

Doors open to the public from 2-4 p.m. as CSU’s Center for Career Development and Accounting Principals Inc. of Columbus present the event in the Lumpkin Center. CSU students have exclusive access to the program from noon-2 p.m.

Participating employers will represent private industry, state and federal agencies, school districts, non-profit organizations and others.

The Georgia Department of Labor reports the state “has not fully recovered” from its recession, with fewer job openings in 2011 than before the 2007 start of the economic downturn.

The partial-recovery assessment reflects this year’s Careers Expo participation level of 50-60 employers, up from 40 participants last year but below previous levels of 75 or more companies, said Christopher Bryant, director of the career development center.

“Given the condition of our economy, career fairs such as Careers Expo are a vital resource for CSU students, alumni and community residents, who can network with employers and maximize their prospects for career advancement and-or finding a job,” Bryant said.

From a nationwide, occupational perspective, current (2008-2018) U.S. Bureau of Labor projections (http://www.bls.gov/oco/oco2003.htm) include professional, service and construction jobs having the greatest growth rate at 17 percent.

Among the “professional” occupations, health care specialist and technician jobs are projected for the highest growth rate at 21 percent, with biomedical engineers (11,000-plus new jobs, or a 72 percent increase) highest in demand. The outlook also is favorable in this category for educators, mathematicians and computer scientists.

For CSU students breaking into such fields, the Center for Career Development provides year-round services, which extend to preparing them for Careers Expo via workshops presented by community professionals on resume preparation, appropriate attire and conversation techniques.

For more information, call 706-507-8760 or go to http://career.ColumbusState.edu/career_employment_fairs.php.