By: Teresa Prytko
On Thursday, February 17th, the Tsotsis ballroom was packed with students in dress pants and blazers hoping to set themselves on the right path for future careers.
The Career Development and Internship Center (CDIC) hosted a career fair and, for the first time since the start of the pandemic, it was held in person. There were about 50 companies present, all with different career opportunities. Some were looking for interns and future employees while others had volunteer options. There were even summer camp counselor positions.
There was something for everyone, no matter what major they might be pursuing.
After waiting in line to receive name tags with their major and graduation year on them, students could wander around the room. Companies from spanning from Alpha Analytical to UniBank sent representatives to engage with eager students.
Many tables had posters and free objects like pens and stickers to attract the attention of wandering students. Even if they were not particularly interested, students were still welcome to introduce themselves and learn a little about each company. Many were also walking around with notebooks, folders and pens to give out their résumé or to take notes about the company.
To students who have never been to one of these, especially in person, it might have seemed overwhelming.
The room also grew quite hot with all the people in there. Although, it certainly beats the chilling alternative of a Zoom meeting.
The event ran from 4:30 to 6:30 and while most of the companies stayed the entire two hours, students were free to stay as long as they wanted.
Hopefully, lots of students were able to get connections and are now on their way to securing different professional positions and opportunities.
If you missed the career fair, there is no need to stress. The CDIC hosts multiple events throughout the academic year where you can attend and benefit from this great experience. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment, you can contact Shannon Curtis, the Senior Director for Career Development and Strategic Initiatives, @email@example.com. If you would rather meet in person, you can go to the office which is on the ground floor of Alumni Hall.