The Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center held the Fall Job and Internship Fair at the ShipRec on Friday afternoon. Over 120 employers were in attendance to look for potential employees. There were job opportunities for various majors, ranging from law enforcement to health care. There were even options for students to continue their education at grad school. There was an opportunity for every student, no matter their career goals.
Students were encouraged to bring their resumes and dress professionally for the event. Upon entry, students checked in and created name tags. They were given guidebooks which included a map of the fair and tips on how to talk to the employers. Before meeting employers, students were encouraged to take a professional headshot at the LinkedIn Photo Booth.
The fair gave students a chance to network with potential employers. “It’s great we can get a chance at employment before graduation,” SU senior Abigail Robillard said. The event allowed students to get an idea of what opportunities are out there before they graduate.
“I hope to find an industry that is appealing to me and figure out my life from there,” SU senior Kristen Zellner said. Senior Mackenzie Delosier agreed and said, “I want to get my foot in the door of finding my career path.” Job fairs are beneficial because they can be the first step you take in figuring out your career.
Although I am a sophomore, I still benefited from attending the career fair. I talked to a couple of employers that interested me, like Cumulus Media and Sinclair Broadcast Group. It was a great opportunity for me to learn about career options before I become an upperclassman next year.
Job fairs can also give you practice in professional settings. They allow you to gain public speaking confidence when you introduce yourself to employers. You can gain interview skills since they may ask you questions on the spot. Employers can look over your resume and give you advice. Career fairs allow students to get a glimpse into the real world before they leave college.
If you missed the Fall 2022 Job and Internship Fair, keep an eye out for future events held by the Career, Mentoring, and Professional Development Center by following them on Instagram @shipcareers.