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'Careers in the Common Good' Set for Nov. 3
at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Oct. 20, 2005

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Center for Service Learning will present "Careers in the Common Good," a career fair aimed at encouraging students to consider government and non-profit sector career options, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

According to Dr. Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, some sources estimate that more than 130 million people work in government or non-profit sector jobs, and in the federal sector alone approximately 900,000 of those workers may be eligible to retire in the next few years.

"That translates to a huge variety of opportunities for college students," said Mowry. "State and local public agencies, nonprofits, non-governmental organizations and the federal government all will be looking for people from every major and field of study in the next few years, and many offer excellent benefits, including education benefits," said Mowry.

Representatives from some twenty agencies will be on hand to distribute information and talk with interested students, and a series of speakers will be scheduled to talk on a variety of topics. In the federal sector, speakers will describe military options and job opportunities with the federal government and national service organizations such as Americorps*VISTA (working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, increase housing opportunities or bridge the digital divide), Americorps* NCCC (public safety, public health, and disaster relief projects), the Peace Corps (all of the above, but in developing countries), and U.S. military recruiters.

From the non-profit world, organizations such as Teach for America, the Japan Exchange and Teaching program and Lutheran Social Services have been invited. A list of agencies will be continuously updated on the Center for Service-Learning Web site.

"Career opportunities in the non-profit and government sector are often an almost invisible part of the career options presented on campuses," said Mowry, "yet a nonprofit sector position will likely offer more opportunities for responsibility, leadership, and immediate growth than would be available in a private, profit-oriented sector position. In addition, these career paths offer something the private sector does not — a career with a central mission devoted to working towards a better world for all."

For more information on "Careers in the Common Good," contact the Center for Service Learning at (715) 836-4649.

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