Career Services looks ahead to spring events

As the fall semester winds down, Career Services begins to prepare students for spring semester.  One major upcoming event is the annual Minnesota Private College Job and Internship Fair, Feb. 22-23, in Minneapolis. This fair brings together over 150 employers across all occupational areas to meet students from the 17 participating Minnesota private colleges.  Education majors will have a similar opportunity later in the semester at the Minnesota Education Career Fair in April (more about that in an upcoming newsletter).

Career Services prepares students through Job and Internship Fair Preparation sessions starting in November.  The Job and Internship Fair is primarily designed to give students exposure to the multitude of opportunities available to them.  Seniors seeking employment following graduation and juniors seeking summer internship experiences are encouraged to attend.  The fair may also prove beneficial for sophomores as they can discover what options are available as well as gain exposure to the way the fair functions.  In addition to meeting with employers at the fair, those students majoring in science disciplines will be able to attend a special program focusing on career paths in the science field.

The fair is publicized on campus, along with the preparation activities required to attend the fair.  Students studying abroad fall semester will be able to attend information sessions when school resumes in January.  Students will be able to begin contacting employers in January to request setting up a potential interview while attending the fair.

A unique feature of the Job and Internship Fair for our students is a pre-fair reception (Feb. 21) jointly sponsored by Career Services and the CSB/SJU Alumnae Offices. Numerous alums, many of whom attended the fair as students, meet with students registered for the fair to share their experience as well as information about their careers and employers.  In the past this event has been highly regarded by both students and alums and has contributed to the success our students have at the fair.  Students must have completed the fair preparation sequence and be registered for the fair to attend.

Encourage your students to think about attending the Job and Internship Fair and direct any questions they have to Career Services.