ASU Job Fair Lures Prospective Employees

March 10, 2004 -- Posted at 4:30 p.m. CST

Jonesboro -- Some ASU students are mapping out their futures, following today's 20th Annual Career Day at the University.

The Spring Job Fair, which is the largest in the Midsouth, attracted well over 800 students who are interested in careers in business, health and here at KAIT. Organizers say this year students are cautiously optimistic about finding a job, because of the slow rebounding economy.

And what about careers in education?

ASU Senior Monica Lueallen says she's known for years she wants to be an elementary teacher. Her mom works in the classroom as well.

"When I graduated high school it seemed kind of natural to follow in her footsteps," said Lueallen.

Unfortunately for Monica, of the 23 recruiters she spoke to, they've taken her applications, but she's not what they're looking for at this time.

"Special education, that's a field that's wide open, and we really need a lot of special education teachers and math and science," said Jean Cole with the Blytheville School District.

"For those of us who are just entering the job market, it's a little discouraging for us at this point anyway," said Lueallen.

Monica says she'll continue to press on, but she's had second thoughts about this profession altogether.

"They expect us to invest our lives but yet they don't pay very much. It's very discouraging with the things in education. The new things they're making you do. The pressure is increasing," said Lueallen.

"I always say it's a calling because you're never going to get rich, but you just have to have a love for this field," said Cole.

And even though Monica left without a job, with the right attitude, she knows as long as there are kids, there will be teachers.