So, you think that just because you’re a freshman that you don’t need to go to the Career Fair? Well, Jennifer Williamson, Director of the Academic and Career Advising Center, would disagree. Here is what she said:
Tayte: Even though they are freshmen, do you think they should go to the career fair?
Jen: Yes. Get involved right away. Impressions last, especially if you are volunteering for the career fair. Employers will remember you later on if they meet you right away. Plus, it is a good time to figure out how companies, especially ones you want to work for, hire interns.
Tayte: What tips do you have for freshmen?
Jen: Don’t get offended if an employer doesn’t engage you a lot. You’re a freshman, and they are looking for upperclassmen.
Dress and communicate professionally.
Bring a pad and pen to take notes
Have questions prepared, like “How do you hire your interns?” or “What do you like about working here?”
Tayte: Should freshmen go as a group?
Jen: I think freshman should go to Velzy as a group, but wander around the career fair in pairs. If an employer see a huge group of people walking over to him/her, they are going to get intimidated. One or two people is more personal.
Tayte: Should a freshman bring their resume?
Jen: Yes, especially if you want an internship next year or a part time job..
There you have it! Straight from the director’s brain.
GO TO THE CAREER FAIR!!