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JU students look to a bright future at Career Expo

By Courtney Jimenez

JU Communications Senior

This May, seniors at Jacksonville University will walk across the stage to their futures. To prepare them, JU’s Career Development Center held a career expo Wednesday, Feb. 26, in JU’s Historic Swisher Gymnasium.

The event saw 75 employees from the Jacksonville area offering jobs and internships, including companies such as Acosta Sales, the Ritz Carlton, JEA, Marineland and The CW television station (see Facebook photo gallery here).

This was the first year the Career Expo was held in the gymnasium rather than the Kinne University Center. Emily Asay, Assistant Director of the CDC, said the space offered more room for an increased number of employers and opportunities for the students.

JU President Tim Cost was everywhere to be seen guiding students during the Career Expo.

“With the new space we were able to provide a better layout for all of the companies,” she said. “We strategically placed the companies so students could find what they were looking for and it wasn’t just random.”

Asay and Career Development Center Director Devan Coughlin invested many hours in planning the expo.

“Our main goal is to have everyone meet the employers and come away with an idea of what they want for their future,” Coughlin said. “We would love for everyone to come out with an interview, but we’re just happy being able to give them the experience.”

Some students, like senior Ethan Wellhausen, came out of the event not with one interview, but two.

Seniors looking for more job opportunities and other students looking for internships can head to the third floor of JU Davis Student Commons, where the Career Development Center is located.

For more on the JU Career Development Center, visit http://www.ju.edu/CareerDevelopmentCenter or https://www.facebook.com/jucareerdevelopment.