The Career and Professional Development Office hosts the fair every year, allowing students to get facetime with future employers.
The time is approaching for students to break out their dress clothes and practice their elevator pitches.
Ursinus’s Job, Internship and Networking Fair, organized by the Career and Professional Development Office, takes place on Feb. 15, from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m..
Many students may worry: What can I possibly do with my major after college, or what jobs await me? Is my resume in good enough shape to send to employers? Where can I meet organizations and companies and grow my network? The Career and Professional Development Office works to provide answers to these daunting questions.
Amy Brink, the assistant director of the Career and Professional Development Office, offers some advice for students interested in participating in the fair.
“It’s understandable that you may be nervous, but remember that the representatives from the various organizations are coming here to meet you,” she said. “They have job and internship opportunities, and they want to offer those positions to Ursinus students, if there is a fit. Even if you are a freshman, it’s still a good idea to go see what opportunities are available and perhaps consider for the future.”
Brink offered some tips to help students feel comfortable when meeting potential employers.
“All classes would benefit from attending,” Brink said. “To help ease your nerves, give yourself time to prepare and practice your 30-second introduction of yourself, maybe practice it in front of a friend, and research the attending organizations ahead of time so that you know who you want to talk to. Have confidence in yourself, and the employers will see that, as well.”
Brink is particularly excited about all the organizations coming to meet Ursinus students at the fair.
“Currently we have more than 80 organizations representing a variety of career fields and interests attending the Job, Internship and Networking Fair,” she said. “The most current list is available in Handshake.”
Handshake is the school’s most utilized tool for employment opportunities and social networking.
The Ursinus website says that, “Through Handshake, students and alumni can store resumes and cover letters, apply for positions, explore organizations and make connections, make appointments with a career advisor, sign up for events and workshops, and access additional online career resources.”
Many students worry about employment after graduation.
“Students are typically anxious about applying for internships and getting a foot in the door,” Brink said.
But there’s no need to panic: according to data found on the Ursinus website, “54.3% of students [from the Class of 2015] found full-time employment after graduation. 68.4% of people found some form of employment, and 21.4% of students chose to continue their education with graduate programs.”
The Career and Professional Development Office has more resources available for students who feel unprepared for the fair.
“We have an entire section of resources devoted to preparing for the Fair,” Brink said. “For example, [we have] What to Expect and How to Prepare for the Fair [sections on our website] that includes six three-minute videos that cover everything from how to make your video pop and how to prepare your introduction to employers. Students can also view registered employers by visiting the Career and Professional Development website.”
Brink highly recommends researching the organizations participating in the fair. She encourages students to “create a concise, well-written résumé that stands out and bring multiple copies.”
She pointed out that résumé paper is available for five cents a sheet in the Career and Professional Development Office. Additionally, the Copy Center in the Facilities Department can copy your résumé, also for five cents a sheet.
She also emphasized the importance of making a good first impression.
“Dressing professionally for job interviews shows respect and emphasizes your interest in the position for which you have applied. Please see our ‘What to Expect’ and ‘How to Prepare for the Fair segments’ on our website for more tips and advice.”
On its website, the Career and Professional Development Office also encourages students to “download the Handshake app and take the time to research the attending organizations, [and to] please remember to put those phones away before walking through the Fair and give the employers your complete attention. There is a student lounge area at the event where students can sit and look through Handshake, if they choose.”
The Career and Professional Development Office is available for one-on-one appointments for résumé reviews, interview tips, or to answer any questions that you may have. Appointments can be scheduled online through Handshake or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.