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Annual Fall Career and Resource Fair at SWOSU

Updated: Apr 29, 2020

The SWOSU Education department will host the annual Fall Career and Resource Fair on Oct. 30, where representatives from local schools will stage mock interviews to prepare teacher candidates for future employment.

By Wyatt Peterman

Mock interviews will be available only to teacher candidates and school representatives;  however, there will be an open career fair featuring a variety of vendors with booths set-up in the Pioneer Cellular Event Center.

“The fair is open to the public, but lunch will not be provided,” Heather Hummel, the coordinator of SWOSU’s Career Services, said.

This luncheon will allow candidates more opportunities to network with potential employers.

Coordinator of Field Experiences and Teacher Candidacy, Reggy Yount is organizing the event and has provided a breakdown of the morning. All interviews will be conducted within a span of two hours. Each candidate will have two interviews with each lasting 15 minutes.

When not in interviews, candidates will be able to attend at least one of four breakout sessions geared toward different education practices and topics, including special education, balancing teaching and extracurricular leadership, classroom management, and grants for classroom funding. 

Yount assigns each teacher candidate to a panel of school administrators for each interview. Candidates use the professional feedback as a way to improve their interview skills for the next time they interview for a job.

Yount shared that some interviews at the fair have resulted in immediate jobs for candidates. “An administrator at a panel will interview a student who is majoring in a field that their school has an opening for, and that student will get hired right on the spot.”

Over 40 teacher candidates will be in the mock interviews, and more than 50 schools from around Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Oklahoma will be present at the open career fair.

“This is by far our biggest career fair held throughout the school year,” Hummel said, with the only one rivaling its size is the Parks and Recreation Management fair held in the spring.

Registration for teacher candidates will start at 7:30 a.m. with interviews beginning at 8:30 a.m. Breakout session will be held at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., with the open career fair starting at 11 a.m. and will last until lunch is served for the candidates at 12:30 p.m. State Representative and Majority Whip, Sherrie Conley will present a speech at 1:30 p.m. to conclude the event.

Yount encourages students pursing an educational degree and recently graduated alumni to attend the open career fair as it’s “a great way to find an employer and get connected with school representatives and get a job.”

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