Career Awareness Week

Western students prepare themselves for the professional world.

Stephanie Colton / Staff Writer

Western business students at Mile High Stadium for the Colorado Business School Career Fair. Photo Courtesy of Mariah Green
Western business students at Mile High Stadium for the Colorado Business School Career Fair. Photo Courtesy of Mariah Green

Over the course of the last two weeks, Western’s Career Success program coordinated multiple events to expose students to new employment opportunities. On Thursday, Sept 29, a group of business students attended the Colorado Business School Career Fair at the Mile High Stadium in Denver. Approximately 30 students traveled with the School of Business to seek out potential employers, chaperoned by Business Career Success director Chelsea Dalporto-McDowell and Career Services coordinator Mariah Green.

The Mile High Stadium hosted over 175 companies seeking both graduate and undergraduate students for internships and full-time positions. The employers came from various industries including finance, real estate, hospitality, and technology. Xcel Energy, Charles Schwab, and Scottrade were among the many well recognized and reputable companies that attended the career fair. Students had the opportunity to learn more about these businesses and network with their potential future employers. Many students were interviewed on the spot by employers for internship or full-time positions, and some were even offered positions after their interviews.

This opportunity allowed students to get into contact with companies that they may not have access to regularly. Many employers expressed that they would choose those who attended the Career Fair for consideration first out of other job applicants, because they showed initiative and a motivation for being in a professional work environment. The event gave students a head start on their job searches, as the end of the year is typically when employers seek new hires.  

Career Awareness Week kicked off with mock interviews to prepare for Resort Recruitment Day on Tuesday, Oct 4. Students that were interested in job opportunities in Crested Butte met employers in the Borick Business Building to interview for a variety of positions. A study abroad fair was also held in the University Center. Career Services also hosted a workshop in Taylor Hall about fixed mindsets versus growth mindsets, and how they can affect goals and decision making. On Wednesday, a workshop for finding jobs and internships was held in the University Center. An information session about Target Corporation’s internship program was held in Borick, hosted by a previous intern, Alex Peot. On Thursday, students could learn about opportunities to further their education at the Graduate School Fair, followed by an information session about the Boettcher Teacher Residency. The week-long event closed with an open house hosted by Career Services, where students could learn about the resources available to them.

Western’s Career Services offers many helpful opportunities for business students as well as any other students looking to get their foot in the door of the professional work environment. Students can fine-tune their resumes, cover letters, and interview skills. Other events hosted by the Office Career Services to look forward to this year are the “Networking How To’s” Workshop on Oct 27, the Gunnison Chamber of Commerce Networking Event on Nov 3, and the Professional Photos Workshop on Dec 1. Career Success events and workshops are typically held in the Borick Business Building. For more information about upcoming events, email businesscareers@western.edu.