Students learn professional skills during Career Exploration Week

Career Exploration Week kicked off Tuesday, Sept. 5 with mock interviews from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the James L. Bolden Campus Union. The purpose of the mock interviews was to test students’ skills in a professional interview setting.

The interview panel consisted of two Alcorn State University professors, as well as two employees from Hope Credit Union Enterprise Corporation. Talent Acquisition Specialist, Angel Artis, explained why mock interviews are important for college students.

“Programs like this help students by preparing them for the workforce. It helps them learn how to look professional, present themselves in an interview and provide resumes that speak to the job they are applying for,” said Artis.

Sigma Chi Iota hosted a mixer on the campus plaza at 6 p.m. Students received free T- shirts, as well as refreshments during the mixer. The purpose of the mixer was to engage students and publicize the events during Career Exploration Week. Sophomore Sigma Chi Iota member, Erica Nelson, said that the mixer was a great opportunity to gain publicity for the organization as well as Career Week.

“Student should attend events like Career Week because they can have a profound affect on their future success,” said Nelson.

Colleges, as well as businesses, gathered at the Graduate and Professional School Expo to inform students of the endless possibilities offered from graduate school and the work force. Delta State University coordinator of Graduate Recruiting and Marketing, Wendylon Stevens, explained why opportunities to attend career fairs are important for recruiters.

“Graduate and Professional fairs give students the opportunity to learn more about the programs that the schools offer, and it also provides an opportunity for networking with recruiters and admission staff so that they can be better advocates for students seeking scholarships. Having face to face conversations and getting to know the actual representation from other schools will get you more information and make it a lot more personalized,” said Stevens.