This week the criminal justice, legal studies and social works department gave students the opportunity to take a big leap into their future career.
Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fluckerson center the criminal justice, legal studies and social works department(CJLSSW) held it 38 annual CJLSSW career internship fair. Students were given the chance to meet and introduce themselves to potential employers. CJLSSW Administrative Assistant Barbara Harris stressed the importance that events like this are to students futures.
“For those who are getting ready to graduate its a chance to network, to start making connections in the community and to get ready for the application process,” Harris said. “Its always good to get to get to know these representatives because they have long term memories and they don’t forget faces.”
42 different agency representatives within the CJLSSW field welcomed students, and took the time to give them the recipe for success post graduation. Amongst the many agencies, one of the most constantly populated desk was the Missouri University law desk, whose primary goal is to continue to stay relevant in the minds of potential students.
“Our goal when we come to these career fairs is to at least put Missouri University in peoples minds,” Sydney Creel student ambassador for the university said. “We always need more students and we always want more students so if I could convince one student to come to Mizzou i’ve meet my goal.”
As important as attending the event is, its the follow up that Creel says is the most important step in the process.
“Research, do your research!” Creel said. “Research things that you are specifically interested in and also in things that you don’t have as much knowledge in. We also encourage students to call us and set up a tour and sit in a class to get a feel the university.”
Malik Bryant a junior and legal studies major was one of the hundreds of students that attended the event and he raved with excitement about his experience at the event.
“The event went very well, I got the chance to meet with multiple schools and learned all the possible routes I can take to get to my future job, I am excited to follow up,” said Bryant.
For students that may have felt like they made a bad first impression, all hope is not lost say Barbara Harris.
“For those students, they can still reach out to these agency recruiters again on their own or with the help of our internship coordinator here on campus,” Harris said