By Irma Gomez
Career fairs aren’t just for upperclassmen; the Spring Career and Networking Expo will benefit freshman and sophomores as well. “This is an opportunity for them to meet employers, practice networking, and communication skills,” said Jennifer Wonderly, Director of Career and Professional Development.
“We purposely retitled the event from a ‘Career Fair’ so that freshmen and sophomores realize that the event is not just for current job and internship seekers,” Wonderly said. “We hope that they attend the event, so they can also practice their networking skills, and start thinking early about an internship experience.”
The Spring Career and Networking Expo will be held in the Goodman center on Thursday March 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Expo will be open to all students, undergrad and grad, as well as alumni.
More employers are now looking for their perspective employees to have experience along with their degree. Most of these experiences will derive from internships the field students would like to work in.
It is highly recommended, but not required, for students attending the expo to have professional attire and have several updated resumes copies to distribute.
“I know it can be awkward to be dressed professionally while transitioning classes, but you want to put your best foot forward when you are meeting potential employers,” Wonderly states.
Some of the bigger employers attending include the Chicago Children’s Museum, City Year, ComPsych Corporation, Flanagan Bilton, Fox News, Glendale Heights Police, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Metra, Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Renaissance Hotel, Verizon Wireless among many others.
It is highly suggested that students research the employers that will be in attendance. “You do not want to walk up to an employer and not know a little about their business. That just does not resonate well. We recommend that students look into the company’s that look interesting to them and see what positions are available, some may even have the position in career central, and have that position in mind when talking to the employer,” Wonderly said.
Career Development will also have smaller events leading up to the Expo to prepare students. On Monday, March 19, 3 to 4 p.m. in the dining center they will be hosting speedy resume reviews. Tuesday, March 20, 4 to 5 p.m. in WB 1015 they will have a quick info session about the career fair answering questions about what to wear, what to expect, and answering any questions students may have before going to the expo.
After the expo the Career Development would love to hear about your experience at the Expo, or if you were hired or earned an internship from any of the employers at the expo.
“We want students to share these stories with us so we can both celebrate and showcase that hard work from our students pays off,” Wonderly said.