Vol. 17, No. 31May 14, 1998

20th annual Project Search career fair a success

More than 2,600 interviews took place at Project Search, a career fair for teacher education majors, in April.

The 20th annual Project Search, a two-day career fair for teacher education majors held April 22 and 23 at Clayton Hall, attracted representatives from 120 school districts from nine states and the District of Columbia, including Florida, California and Nevada, as well as the mid-Atlantic area.

"The job market for teachers is the strongest it has been in five years. This event is a premier opportunity for graduating seniors to actually interview the districts they are interested in.

"In fact, over 2,600 interviews were conducted during these two days, resulting in many students receiving either contract offers or invitations for a second interview," Cindy Holland, Career Services Center, said.

Comments were positive about Project Search from school district representatives.

Jerry Camarata, director of personnel for the Kennett Consolidated School District in Chester County, Pa., said, "We always place the University of Delaware at the top of our list of job fairs that we visit, knowing that we will have a fruitful experience. [UD] students set a very high standard against which we evaluate other candidates."

David Tuller of the Westfield Public Schools in New Jersey, concurred, saying, "We always find UD candidates to be well prepared to begin teaching."

Future teachers found Project Search beneficial as well. Senior Becky Merino said, "I thought Project Search was a very well organized event. I had seven interviews with local districts, and I appreciated the information and details that recruiters were able to share about their respective schools and programs. This will be helpful as I evaluate future offers and decide where I'd like to begin my teaching career."

Danna Gordon, AS '97, said, "Project Search was an excellent opportunity to meet representatives from many different school districts. I was able to learn about job opportunities as well as district philosophies, resources and support systems for new teachers. I had a total of 11 interviews over the two days and look forward to second interviews on-site with many of these."

Photo by Jack Buxbaum