Career fair gives grads chance to dream big

Monday, October 25, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:22 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Tables with bright banners and towering posters circled the walls and the center of the Dulany Hall Banquet Room. More than 100 students lapped the track formed by 20 employers and graduate schools. The students came in search of careers and educations at Columbia College’s annual career and graduate fair Wednesday evening.

Cindy Collet made her way determinedly around the room. Collet, 40, is a full-time senior studying psychology and sociology. She also is the divorced mother of an 8- and a 10-year-old.

After graduating, she plans to take a year off to work before pursuing her master’s and doctoral degrees.

“I am looking for a position with the division of family services,” she said. “I want to make a difference.”

Collet’s son has a learning disability and her experience has deepened her passion to help others in situations like her own.

“I am really interested in learning more about special education, so that I can take my experience and knowledge, turn it around and use it to help other mothers and children so that they don’t have to struggle like we have,” she said.

Columbia College has hosted a career fair for more than 15 years, said Don Malson, director of career services. He said his main focus is to help students develop their careers by aiding them with their majors, finding occupations and helping with resumes, interviewing and internships. This is one of many opportunities for students provided by career services.

“We try to provide them with all the resources and information we can to help with their career development,” Malson said.

Collet said she found a possible employer at the fair that would allow her to do the kind of work she is looking for. She plans to apply soon.

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