Athens, OH 22 September 2018 –
A little over a week ago, as I sat down at the beginning of class, my friend asked me if I was going to the career fair. I hadn’t read my email much that week, so I was extremely surprised to learn that it was only a week away.
If I am being honest, thinking about the career fair made me nervous. The previous two years I felt I could shrug it off because I was only a freshman/sophomore and had a research job. However, this year being a junior I knew I needed to go and try and get an internship for the summer, so I could have some hands-on experience to put on my future resumé. I had only attended the career fair once prior to this year’s and I only spoke to two employers, so my goal this year was to go in more confident and speak to several companies.
A few days before the career fair, I looked up all the companies offering electrical engineering internships and wrote down the ones that interested me, along with what they did. I wanted to make sure I would be able to hold a conversation with the employer, and not have a short chat where I could be easily forgotten. I also updated my resume and talked to a few of my friends that had success at previous career fairs.
On the day of the career fair after a couple of classes and dealing with a faulty printer, I headed over anxious but ready. Once I got to Stocker, I mustered up as much confidence as I could, put on my name tag, and looked for the first company I wished to speak to.
I spoke to five or six different companies and each conversation included shaking hands to introduce myself, telling them what I am interested in, answering questions about myself, and asking questions about their company.
Looking back on my second experience at the career fair, I can say I felt way more comfortable and confident speaking to the employers, and I am hopeful that I left a lasting impression on at least one. All in all, I think the career fair is a great experience to gain confidence and learn how to speak to employers.