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Fair to offer students jobs, internships

Monday, April 7, 2008  
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By Jacey Jacobs

Life after college can be stressful for unprepared students, but if taken advantage of, a career fair can provide a sigh of relief for unequipped students.

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Career Fair at the Cox Convention Center on Tuesday, April 8, from noon to 4:30 p.m.

Sara Barnett, Coordinator of Career Services, is in charge of Oklahoma Christian University's participation for the Career Fair.

"This fair is to meet the initiative of the Greater Grads Internship Program that emphasizes the importance of keeping Oklahoma college graduates in Oklahoma," Barnett said. "The Chamber of Commerce wants students to know of the many opportunities that Oklahoma has to offer and why it is such a great place to live and work."

The Career Fair hosts more than 100 employers and is open to all current college students and alumni.

"They are encouraged to attend to discover internship and full-time career opportunities with Oklahoma organizations," Barnett said. "It's a very positive and energetic atmosphere."

Among the organizations attending are the Bank of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy, Cole and Reed, Cox Communication, Devon Energy and Integris Health, just to name a few.

This is the 3rd year The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce has put on the Greater Grads Career Fair.

"Each year, the number of OC students has increased and I hope we beat last year's numbers this year," Barnett said. "Students have really been impressed with the diversity of the organizations and the number of employers attending."

This is an important and beneficial step for students to attend.

"It's all about networking," Barnett said. "Students can go to the Career Fair and make a good impression in person to a company or companies they are interested in. They can ask questions and get answers, and they can discover new interests in organizations they may not have considered in the past."

There is no cost to attend the Career Fair, but students are highly recommend to register at www.GreatGrads.com to avoid the long registration lines.

Oklahoma Christian alum Matt Clark is just one success story from the first Career Fair.

"Matt Clark attended the fair the first year as an OC senior and landed an internship with Claimetrics, then Hallmark Management. Then, he returned the following year as a full-time employee of Claimetrics recruiting students at that fair," Barnett said. "He now works for Chesapeake Energy."

Junior Katie Clayton is hoping for a success story of her own.

"There is a lot of stress and pressure when looking for jobs after graduation, but I believe this will be very helpful in showing me the different opportunities out there and will help me get connected to the right people and companies," Clayton said.

Anytime students will be talking with potential employers, Barnett said it is important to make a good first impression and act professionally.

Oklahoma Christian has provided a Web site to give students specific tips.

Students can visit the Career Services Web site under the student menu for Career Fair Tips at www.oc.edu/careerservices.

A complete list of registered employers is at www.greatergrads.com, or students can visit the Greater Grads Page on Facebook.

"It is recommended that students dress business professional because the first impression always counts," Barnett said.

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