All Careers Considered: Career Fair 101

Episode 01: What’s A Career Fair?

Welcome back to the ACC show notes. This episode focuses on answering a few simple questions for someone who’s never been to a career fair before: what the heck is a career fair? Who goes to them? What should you expect when you go to one for the first time?

What is a career fair?
It’s an event that gives students and employers a chance to meet each other in a structured environment. Employers who attend career fairs are looking for students to hire as interns or full-time employees in entry-level jobs.

Who goes to them?
All IU students and alums can go to all IU career fairs. First-year students, sophomores, juniors, and seniors go to career fairs – not just juniors and seniors.

All majors are welcome. You do not have to have a particular major to go to a career fair or to generate good leads on internships and jobs out of one.

What should you expect when you go to one for the first time? 

  • Plan how to get there: bus, drive, scooter, walk?
  • Plan your parking, since it’s crowded day-of. No discounted parking in IMU lots on career fair days.
  • Bring your student ID so you can get a name badge.
  • You’ll check in, then enter a big room full of employers who have set up different booths and tables. Go talk to them!
  • It may be crowded, and you may have to stand in some lines. Come earlier to beat the rush.

You can find out which companies are going to be there and where to find them in the room by using The Fairs App.

If you have a question or need help at any time, career coaches from the Walter Center for Career Achievement will be on hand at the fair to assist you!

You can also come to the Career Fair Prep Night, ask questions in a 15-minute drop-in appointment, or visit a career coach for a 30- or 60-minute appointment before the Career Fair.

Want to learn more? Here are some sites you can scroll through on your way to class:

Oh, by the way — This podcast was created by Maria Cambone and edited by Maureen Langley. Thanks for listening!

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