University News

Campus Creates Employment Opportunities for Students

Published: September 18, 2014 | Category: Special Events

Entering college can be difficult. Learning how to cook ramen noodles to perfection and figuring out the best study habits all lend to an effective college experience. But where are you going to get the money to fund your college adventures and dinner plans? Employment can be tricky, but for many it is a necessity.

In response to the concerns posed by students to find jobs, Southern Utah University’s Career & Professional Development Center along with the Department of Workforce Service (DWS), Cedar City Chamber of Commerce and SUU Student Association brought both local employers and job-seeking students in one room. And what came out of this combination was magical.

“Partnering with DWS and the Chamber of Commerce allowed us to accomplish our goal of bringing employers and employees together in one location,” said Brandon Street, director of the Career Center. “Student Job Fair really proved itself a success. We anticipate to hold this again in the future and expect to have many more employers and student attendance.”

The Job Fair allowed local employers to collect resumes, conduct on-the-spot interviews, and even immediately fill open positions. It also gave students a convenient location to access multiple job opportunities both on and off campus. 

Employers such as Chrysalis left the fair happy with the results, according to Tyler Taylor, area director of Iron County Chrysalis. He went on to say, “The SUU Job Fair was a great way for us to connect with quality college workers to our ever growing company needs. The relationship for both Chrysalis and SUU students has been mutually beneficial.”

Other employers in attendance left the event saying, “The community needs more of these,” and “There were a lot of students with different experience that helped us with all of our employer positions.” With the 350 plus students in attendance, Street stated that this event will be held in the future and he expects even more job opportunities for students to take part in.

With help from each of the co-sponsors, the Student Job Fair brought great results to SUU students as well as local employers.  “We are very grateful for the help of our co-sponsors in the important cause of student employment.  We are looking forward to successful partnerships like this again in the future” said Brandon Street.

The campus effort to help students find employment does not stop at the Student Job Fair. The T-Bird Career website, located in the Portal, was recently revamped to allow students to have one location for all campus and community job opportunities and for students to create profiles employers can search. 



Contact Information:
Jennifer Burt
435-586-1997
burt@suu.edu