Employers and Students Benefit from Second Annual CPH Career Day
Students networked with potential employers at the second annual CPH Career Day, a collaborative effort between the CPH Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships, Public Health Ambassadors and the Public Health Student Alliance. Over 100 students from bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs met with professionals from 26 organizations representing all major public health disciplines in a series of career workshops, mini presentations, and one-on-one sessions.
In addition to providing professional connection opportunities, the CPH Career Day delivers hands-on skills development such as resume preparation, job interview practice, portfolio development, and job search techniques on social media.
Both employer and student participants gave the event high marks, indicating that it increased understanding of career opportunities, was well organized, conveniently located, and showcased the highly interested students from CPH.
“The Career Day is unique in that it provides an opportunity for mutual exposure among organizations and allows for professional interactions between students and the professionals they want to emulate,” said Bill Franks, CPH career ambassador and retired health commissioner. Additions to Career Day this year was the US Navy and six county health departments, providing an opportunity for the College of Public Health to expand its connections with employers.
As for advice to job seekers, Public Health Ambassador Matt Stefanek suggests that the job outlook depends on an individual’s flexibility—from an ability to relocate to being open minded about the size of organization for which he or she desires to work. He feels that CPH students have an advantage because the demand for professionals who understand treating disease through prevention, emergency preparedness, and how to address large scale public health issues will remain steady.