Job fair fails to live up to hype

Saint Louis University, along with the radio station Z107.7, hosted the second annual “Get a Job!” career fair last Thursday, in the lower level of the Busch Memorial Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

More than 30 different companies were on hand to talk with students about summer jobs and permanent employment. Radio personalities from Z107.7 were also on hand, broadcasting the event live and giving away prizes every 20 minutes. The event was free and open to the public.

Businesses present included Six Flags, Dave & Busters, Orlando Gardens, Avon, GMAC Insurance, McDonald’s, Harrah’s Casino, Thomas Construction, Custom Cellular and Commerce Bank, as well as a variety of others. The military was also well represented, with both Missouri Air and Army National Guards present, as well as the United States Army and the Air Force.

Some students, however, were not pleased with the quality of employers and the jobs offered.

“A job fair is always beneficial, and the people here were eager to please us, but most of the opportunities here weren’t positions SLU students would be looking for,” said senior Ted Norwood. “All in all it was a little disappointing.”

Although Norwood is not graduating until next year, he was hoping to see what was available for him. “I wanted to see what is out there for those entering the job market now,” Norwood said. “I wasn’t expecting to go to a job fair and apply for a job at McDonalds or The Pasta House.”