By Ryan Whitchurch, Public Affairs Assistant
The SJSU Career Center will be hosting a “Grad Blast” beginning at 1 p.m. June 7 in Engineering 285/287 to help graduates connect with a panel of employers. The panel will discuss advice on how to launch a successful career after graduation.
“The job market is picking up for 2012,” said Career Center Employment Specialist Moira Srago. “Grads can gain their competitive edge by coming to Grad Blast and hearing from employers about how to distinguish themselves in their job search.”
This is just one of the many functions the Career Center offers to SJSU undergrads and alumni. A variety of programs help Spartans search for jobs including workshops and one-on-one consulting.
The Career Center also hosts special events every semester that provide SJSU undergraduates the opportunity to connect with employers to find jobs or internships directly out of college. These events include career fairs, information sessions held on campus, and networking mixers.
“I met my future employer at the Career Fair last spring,” said Edward Barshow, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s in business management. “I met a representative from Kohl’s, got a paid summer internship, and was offered a job after I graduate.”
The Career Center offers virtual resources that are available to all undergraduates and alumni members 24/7 including its blog, Facebook fan page, and a job and internship website called SpartaJobs. All SJSU alumni can take part in these programs for a small membership fee.
“Times are looking up for graduates,” said Srago, “According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook Spring Update Survey, employers expect to hire 10.2 percent more from the class of 2012 than they did from the class of 2011.”