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URI Career Services offering big fall program

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Highlight is major fair at Ryan Center Oct 28

KINGSTON, R.I. – September 7, 2005 – Career Services at the University of Rhode Island has had so much success with its two major springtime fairs at the Ryan Center that it will roll out a major event for the fall.

Called “The Ultimate Reality Event, Ryan Center 3 in 1,” the program on Friday, Oct. 28 at the Ryan Center will be open to the campus community as well as the general public. As the title implies, the fair is three events in one. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a job and internship fair along with a graduate school expo. In addition, Pharmacy Interview Day will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those to be interviewed will have already been selected and so that part of the event is closed to the public.

The fall event follows the “Passport to Employment” fairs run during the spring of the last two years.

“All of our employers at those two fairs told us how much they like that format,” said Bobbi Koppel, director of URI Career Services. “They love the Ryan Center and the great attendance we get from job-seekers. They have told us how well prepared the students are. The employers have been asking for a major fall event for a few years. Our students and other visitors to the fairs also were very happy with the number and variety of employers.”

Koppel said the fair leads off Parents Weekend at URI. “Parents can come with their students to see what we offer at a career fair and the variety of services that we provide for their children.”

Carolyn Thomas, assistant director of career services, said the staff decided to combine a job and graduate school fair. “For the students who are unsure about applying to graduate school or beginning the job search, this fair offers one-stop shopping. They can investigate grad schools while checking out employment opportunities.”

Other fall semester Career Services events are:

• On-Campus Student Employment Job Fair, Thursday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom;

• BEACON Beach Party, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the Quadrangle, to inform students of the variety of programs offered by Career Services;

• Engineering and Technology Job Fair, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Union Ballroom;

• Parachute College Program, Oct. 17 and 18, in front of the Memorial Union. Working with Richard N. Bolles’ What Color is Your Parachute? and created by college students and recent graduates, it is provided at no cost to participating schools and to full-time students. For the two days, the Parachute Express, a full-size tour bus offers programs on managing finances and time and conducting a successful job search.

• Nursing Job Fair, Friday, Nov. 18, College of Nursing, White Hall, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and

• On-campus company interviews, daily from Monday Oct. 17 through Friday, Nov. 18.

Thomas said the BEACON Beach Party is designed to get students registered on the BEACON website. “If they register, they will be able to complete career assessments and participate in one-on-one career counseling.”

The site also allows students to participate in an essay contest that will be run during URI’s Diversity Week. Titled, “The Importance of Diversity in the Workplace,” the contest is open only to those who register on BEACON.

“Our BEACON website has been entirely revamped,” Koppel said. “Now families, faculty, staff and students can print out information on hot jobs that in the past they would have to pick up at Career Services,” Koppel said.

“We’ve also totally revamped our career assessment program and the majority of it is now online,” Koppel said. “This helps students find out who they are, what their values are and what they want out of a career.”

Employers wishing information or registration for job fairs, free job postings, or on-campus interviews will find more information at