JC Penny Helping U of A Students “Sooie Up” For Job Interviews


The University of Arkansas is teaming up with a major business to help students’ land a job after graduation.

“This is something that we’re providing because we know that the college students a lot of times they’re going to need a little bit of extra help with money or finances.” said Mindy Shufelt, JC Penny’s Assistant Manager of Merchandising.

On Sunday, J.C. Penny held their second “Sooie Up” event. Where students received 40% off of already discounted items like suits and dresses.

“Being on college tuition and check you don’t have too much money to work with in the first place so it’s good to have a nice suit in your collection.” said Noah Thomas, a senior at the U of A.

With graduation on the horizon, Noah Thomas is getting ready for the next big step in his life.

“I’m going to med school soon so I could use a nice suit. Confidence is always linked to appearance.” said Thomas. 

JC Penny representatives are helping U of A students find the best thing to wear for a job interview. But finding a trendy fashion piece is the easy part finding a job on the other hand will take a little extra work.

“We don’t want them to just look good on the outside but we want to make sure they posses the skills and competencies that employees value. That’s what sets them apart.” said Angela Williams, the Executive Director at the U of A Career Development Center.

The U of A Career Development Center helps students find the best career path for them.

“The University of Arkansas students are being prepared very well and are doing well in the job search right now.” Williams said. 

Williams said students are doing so well, they’re landing more jobs when they graduate than in years past. 

“We just did the study of students who graduated last year and over 80% of those students have been either to find placement in employment or went to graduate school or aren’t seeking employment right now.” 

Williams said it’s events like these that helps U of A students when they’re making that transition from the classroom to the working world. 

“It only takes a few seconds to make a first impression. If they come in there and don’t look the part that can also make a big difference from them as well.” Williams said.

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