The Health and the Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Programs, along with the Health Student Association, sponsored the 2nd annual Health and Human Services Career Fair on Thursday November 8th in KIVA Farish Hall. Norma Olvera, Associate Professor of Health Education provided leadership to several undergraduate volunteers who planned and organized the event. “We had such an array of different markets: Health, human development, and education,” said Kristi Council, lead undergraduate volunteer. “My goal was to try to get as many different people here to meet our students and let the students know what was out there for them.”
Approximately 250 students from several UH Colleges including Education, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Natural Sciences and Mathematics attended the fair. Students had a chance to speak to exhibitors from 53 Health and Human Services companies, which included the Harris County Health System, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the City of Houston Health and Human Services Department.
Psychology Undergradute student, Tonya Willis.
Although a majority of the student attendees were from the College of Education, many students from several other UH colleges attended the fair and were very impressed. “There are a lot of programs [recruiters] that have the counseling and exercise aspect for kids that I wasn't even aware of,” said Tonya Willis, Psychology undergrad. “UH is such a huge campus and being able to get everyone together here in one area so you know what kind of things are available is awesome.”
Dr. Patsy Cano, Senior Staff Analyst for the City of Houston Health and Human Services Department.
The recruiters were also impressed with fair as well as the students. Dr. Patsy Cano, Senior Staff Analyst for the City of Houston Health and Human Services Department thinks this type of career fair is a win-win situation. “The Health Department has a lot of work and we never have enough employees to do it,” said Cano. “The Interns are really enthusiastic about getting out into the field and are a great source of assistance to us. They're gaining experience and we're getting help with many of our projects and initiatives.”
Recruiter Joel Bloom speaks to propective interns at the Internship and Career Fair.
The recruiters also gave the students a chance to 'test the water' to see whether a company would be a good long-term fit. Once they get an internship, the door opens and they may be considered for a full time position. “This is fabulous to see what is needed to get our students out into the community," said Joel Bloom, Health Professor and owner of KOALA Health & Wellness. "There’s never been a real mechanism to contact vendors who need interns and by doing this our students get to see what they can really do with their degrees and what the recruiters expect from them."