Have you ever heard the saying, "It's not what you know, it's WHO you know"? Networking is always an important piece of the career process, but, in this job market, networking has become a necessary and critical factor to gather information for making informed career decisions and to launch career opportunities through internships and jobs.
The third annual Career EXPO, scheduled for Nov. 10, is one of many events Career Services offers that allow your son/daughter to gather career information while connecting with alums to build that network of professionals. Career EXPO 2009 drew participation from more than 450 students, 100 alumnae/alumni, and 34 companies and organizations. We anticipate a larger event this year. The event consists of three facets, with something to offer students from first year to senior year.
Career Seminars, 9:40 a.m. - 5 p.m., feature alums who present one-hour sessions on career-related information and answer student questions about major and career options. Examples of this year's sessions include: Your Liberal Arts Education in the Corporate World, Standing Out: The Hiring Process from Applications to Interviews, Global Opportunities, Non-Profit Careers, and Creativity & Innovation in the Workplace.
The Career Fair, 2:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., showcases up to 45 organizations representing an array of careers and industries. The fair offers students an opportunity to learn about careers and organizations, network with alums and professionals in industries of interest, and practice self presentation skills.
The Career Networking Reception, 6:30 pm - 8 p.m., offers students the chance to practice networking with alums representing a wide range of careers and organizations. There will also be a networking prep session from 6 p.m. - 6:30 pm for students.
So, whether your student is a first year just beginning career exploration, a sophomore looking to network and get advice on what he/she could be doing now to prepare for the future, a junior exploring career/internship opportunities and establishing connections, or a senior beginning the transition to employment, graduate school or full-time service, this event has it all! Encourage your son/daughter to attend and take advantage of this great opportunity.
For information on career preparation, visit the CSB/SJU Career Website.