From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 26, current students had the opportunity to meet with prospective graduate schools and employers during the semesterly Fall Career and Graduate Fair, which was featured in the Culp University Center Ballroom.
The co-sponsored event features about eighty-five employers and graduate schools. The fair was especially aimed at those students who may graduate in December.
Schools consisted of University of Tampa, University Of Memphis, University of Tennessee, ETSU’s College of Public Health and Graduate Studies, Lincoln Memorial University and more.
Popular employers were Mountain State Health Alliance, Wellmont, GE Aviation, Dollywood, Bristol Broadcasting Company, 21st Mortgage, Mountain State Health Alliance and even some police departments from different counties.
Ruth Wilbanks, employer service coordinator, had some points to offer.
“It is a career fair,” she said. “Students need to dress professionally and bring several copies of their resumes. That first impression is very important. Employers sometimes might do some on-site interviews.”
Besides networking, this event also helps students learn what they can do with their majors. Even if students are not graduating soon, they can still talk to recruiters, and the recruiters will reciprocate helpful information that may inspire students to take on another career choice or affirm them of the benefits of their major.
There was a plethora of pamphlets on diverse fields, an abundance of graduate and employment applications, poster set-ups and free giveaways.
For more tips on networking and interviewing, Ruth Wilbanks suggests checking out the Career Services website.
“These tips will help students feel more confident,” Wilbanks said. “I think this will be a great opportunity to find out what employers are out there. You never really know until you get out there and meet different people.”