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Future Teachers Flock to Educators' Expo

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Friday, things got competitive at  the Educators' Expo annual job and interview fair.

Hundreds of soon-to-be University of Virginia graduates and members of the public came out for the expo, held in Newcomb Ballroom inside Newcomb Hall, for a shot at a teaching job. The job fair was especially competitive for UVA students, since they're facing off against people with a lot of experience.

"I'm hoping to get a job," said Caitlin Burnham, student at the Curry School.

"Seeing that end goal in sight, that's what I'm after," said Molly Mann, student at the Curry School.

The applicants are varied, but the goal is the same. Angelique Wynkoop started her career at the educators' expo in 1994 and now she's doing the recruiting for the Curry School.

"I often say to them, you are me, you are me, 20 years ago," said Wynkoop.

Ellie Wilson, a professor at the Curry School, says the job hunt can be harder for candidates with a master degree because they come in on a higher point on the salary scale. On the contrary, she says some school districts are requiring a masters degree.

"Our students are really well positioned with their master's degree and I don't think it's a detriment.  I think its something that's really turned out, definitely, to be more in their favor," said Wilson.

The job fair was open to non-UVA students and members of the public, making it that much more competitive.

"Our students are actually getting to see some of their competition," said Hilary Kerner, director of career services for the Curry School.

And some of the competition already has first-hand experience.

"It is a little more daunting, knowing there are people here with years of experience, but the schools are coming here knowing that we're a bunch of people fresh out of school," said Burnham.

Several hundred candidates came out to the job expo.  There were dozens of school districts from across Virginia and some from across the nation that were recruiting talent. The expo began at 9 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m.

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