Sept. 17, 2003 by Julie M. Hughes NMSU News Center
More than 2,000 New Mexico State University students networked with 120 potential employers from across the nation at Career Expo 2003 Sept. 16 and 17 on the NMSU main campus in Las Cruces.
“Really this is an investment in the university,” said Patty Lopez, an imaging scientist with Hewlett-Packard Co. and an NMSU alumna. “Given the depressed economy — we are seeing higher quality candidates because people are earning advanced degrees. It is difficult to choose between so many qualified candidates.”
This is the university’s 19th annual Career Expo “and it is the largest career fair in New Mexico and west Texas,” said coordinator Roseanne Bensley, assistant director of Placement and Career Services, which organizes and co-sponsors the event each year.
“In spite of the sluggish national economy, the turnout for Career Expo 2003 demonstrates the commitment employers have for New Mexico State University as a continuing source of top-notch talent,” Bensley said.
Bensley said many of the students also learn about opportunities for internships and co-ops with companies at the career fair.
“With today’s job market, candidates really need to start their career path with internships and co-ops,” she said.
Elyza Espinoza, a junior at NMSU majoring in business computer systems, agreed, saying she has worked during the summers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Espinoza, who is originally from Espanola, said she found the career fair reassuring.
“I learned that there are more job opportunities than I expected and I made some good contacts,” she said.
“There has really been an increase in government agency participation this year,” said Mack Haley, a special projects director for the College of Engineering, which co-sponsors the career fair.
Bensley said government agencies have stepped up their recruitment efforts to meet the demands of a retiring workforce.
“Many government agencies have streamlined their hiring process and it is now easier to find employment opportunities with the government,” she said.
A human resources representative with the CIA said the agency has recruited at NMSU for several years because the state of the world demands that the agency employs “the best in science and technology.”
Placement and Career Services will hold a Public Service Career Showcase on Nov. 18, which will include federal, state, municipal and non-profit agencies. This showcase will be one of 11 national events for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Career Expo 2004 will be held Sept. 21-22, 2004. Employers who are interested in networking with NMSU students can register to participate in the expo starting April 1, 2004, at http://www.nmsu.edu/pment.
For more information about Placement and Career Services at NMSU, call (505) 646-1631 or visit http://www.nmsu.edu/pment.