2014 Fall Career Fair

September 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Hello Parents,

A photo of a student speaking to a representative from Target at the 2013 Spring Career Fair

A student speaks to a Target representative at the 2013 Spring Career Fair.

I hope you’re all having a great week! The days here have been absolutely beautiful, as we’ve received our last bout of gorgeous weather for the foreseeable future. It’s been in the 70s and sunny all week, and this weekend is supposed to be even more beautiful. The only problem with this gorgeous weather is that it gives students another reason to procrastinate on doing our school work and studying for the first exams coming up!

First off this week, I’d like to address something that I wrote about last time. I have seen and heard a lot of concerns and dissatisfaction about the Skivvies show that I previously wrote about, and I’d like to take this time to address this issue and apologize. Skivvies was selected by the Student Entertainment Board, which is a student group on campus that is designed to bring contemporary concerts, shows, and comedians to campus for student entertainment. I sincerely apologize that the show was found offensive and an inappropriate choice to present to your students. I fully understand your concerns, and I wanted to apologize that it was found to be in poor taste. I also did not mean to be disrespectful when I wrote about the show in ParentNet Weekly; my goal was to keep you all informed about the new events and activities that are taking place around campus, and I apologize if I caused any disgruntlement. If any of you have additional comments or concerns about Skivvies, or any other issue, please email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu.

Taking place this Tuesday, September 30, is the Fall Career Fair. The Career Fair is a biannual event that occurs every fall and spring. Over 250 companies from across the country make the trek to Tech to hire students for internships, co-ops, and full-time positions. This is a fantastic opportunity for your students to get a taste of the professional world, even as a first-year student, that will benefit them in the future when they look for full-time positions. The great thing about the Career Fair is that companies look to hire students from many different fields and majors, ranging from engineering to psychology, biology to scientific and technical communication. At the Career Services website, you and your students can explore which companies will be at the Career Fair and what fields of study they’re looking for.

Here are some tips that Career Services gives to students to help them prepare for Career Fair:

  1. Students should research what companies are attending, who they are looking to hire, and where their booths are located.

  2. It’s wise to identify what companies students are interested in and to think about why they want to work for them. This will go a long way when talking with a recruiter.

  3. Develop a plan. Who should your students talk to? In what order?

  4. Students should visit the websites of the companies that they plan to speak with to learn more about them.

  5. It’s recommended to print at least twenty flawless résumés with the intent to hand them all out.

  6. Students need to remember to remain calm and confident, and follow their plan. Career Services staff will be on hand if they need any assistance.

They also suggest that students:

  1. get to the Career Fair as early as possible,

  2. plan on spending a few hours visiting the different companies,

  3. bring their schedule with them, so they know when they’re available for interviews,

  4. look presentable and professional,

  5. shouldn’t be afraid to walk right up to company representatives,

  6. should introduce themselves with confidence, and

  7. shouldn’t be afraid to take recruiting material—that’s why it’s there.

The Career Services website has much more information on areas for students to help prepare themselves for the Career Fair, such as mock interview sessions, information sessions, business etiquette, interview skills, résumé writing, and other resources. Career Services does everything they can to help students succeed in the professional world, both as undergraduate and graduate students.

That’s all I have for you this week! If you have any questions about the Career Fair or would like to see more information written on a specific topic, please feel free to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu. I hope your students take the time to look at the Career Fair this year, and that you all have a great remainder to your week. Until next time!

–Valerie