It’s that time of year again when companies make appearances, professors excessively urge participation and some students are still completely clueless.
The Career Fair, which takes place twice a year, has its perks. Though some students are almost totally ignorant of the massive networking opportunities, others are worried it won’t satisfy their needs.
There are students who believe the Career Fair only caters to certain majors. Yet, on the contrary, the Career Fair caters to all.
Students assume the same companies come to the fair and then don’t go at all. But, you know what is said about people who assume.
Don’t let that happen to you.
Though the companies may appear to be the same, they are often looking for different experiences to bring inside. For example, let’s say representatives from Eckerds and Walgreens come. These companies may appear to provide the same services and need the same people. However, Eckerds, may be looking for an accounting student while Walgreens is seeking an art student.
Yes, it is possible for a retail store to want an art design student.
Walgreens may be trying to boost up their sales, so they need to design a new trademark, logo or slogan. You, art person, are the right person for the job.
Yet, whoever you are, I urge you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and not get swept away by the wave of “There isn’t anyone here representing what I want to do,” because there is always someone else interested in the same things you like.
Use the Career Fair to your advantage.
These companies don’t go to every school, so consider it a privilege to be able to mingle and network with professionals. Who knows, it may just come to pass that someone you spoke to at the Career Fair is looking for students like you who are interested in summer internships or full time jobs. But how can you know if don’t go?
Go to the Career Fair with the intent to learn and you’ll probably get all the answers you’re looking for.
Put all rumors, doubts and misconceptions in the trash and get your network on.
Robyn K. Mizelle, 20, is a junior broadcast journalism student from Lake City. She is the Deputy Opinions Editor for The Famuan and can be reached at RKMiz@hotmail.com.