The Oregonian: Portland State University career fair appeals to all majors
Author: Bill Graves, The Oregonian
Posted: February 16, 2012

Read the original story in The Oregonian here.

There actually may be jobs out there for you college philosophy and art majors. 

Representatives of 60 businesses and organizations, from Yahoo! to the U.S. Department of State, showed up today to recruit workers in the second day of a career fair at Portland State University. On Tuesday, the fair drew technology companies like Intel and FM Global looking for engineering and computer science graduates. But today, the fair assembled organizations interested in all majors. 

"A lot of employers here are looking at a set of skills" that come with a college degree, said Gregory Flores,  associate director of career services at PSU.  

People who complete college have evidence of achievement, persistence and core communication skills that many businesses are looking for, he said. 

Graduates who know what they want to do have the best shot at finding work, he said. 

"You need to be able to articulate what you've gained from your major," he said. 

Alex Huang, working a busy table for Yahoo!, said the company hires non-technical majors for its broad range of needs, which include marketing and advertising. Huang said he works with people sporting a variety of majors. One is passionate about art, but works in text support, he said. 

A quote posted above the Yahoo! table said, "I'm inspired to do more than I thought possible." 

Goodwill Industries of the Columbia-Willamette, which is expanding in the region to Scappoose and elsewhere, also posted jobs, though many were for retail clerks. 

"We are always looking for talented individuals," said Rich Courtney,  employment specialist. 

Other recruiters included the Port of Portland, Costco Wholesale, Radio Disney, StudentPaintersNet, First Investors Corp. and the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Programs. 

The Peace Corps, which drew 35 possible candidates to its table, also considers all majors, though it expects them to have at least a few months experience with agriculture or education, said Laura Kutner, PSU representative. 

"It is the best way to figure out what you want to do in life," she said.