Pursue your career aspirations this month at the MSU Career and Internship Fair
The Morehead State University Career and Internship Fair is an opportunity for students to bond and start gaining hands-on experience to launch their careers. The Eagles can gain an edge in achieving their career goals by attending the Fall Career and Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, in the ballrooms of the Adron Doran University Center (ADUC).
MSU career fairs allow you to connect with regional, national and even foreign employers and graduate programs while learning about full and part-time jobs, internships, co-ops and higher schools.
“MSU makes it a priority to ensure that our students engage in high quality experiential opportunities as part of their learning experience,” said Megan Boone, Director of MSU’s Career Services Office. “Employers expect graduates to have hands-on experience in addition to classroom learning. The career fair is the flagship event that connects students with employers and graduate programs to land internships and co-ops, as well as full-time jobs. . ”
Boone said it was crucial for undergraduates – even freshmen – to prioritize attending a career fair. The event is a great way to get information and advice that will set you apart from the competition.
Jessica Yawn, a psychology student at Morehead, has taken advantage of the career fair and internships throughout her college career.
“The career fair is a great opportunity to talk to employers one-on-one and learn more about the different career options with my major,” she said. “The fair boosted my professional self-confidence and made me a better candidate for jobs after graduation. Everyone should attend.
Students should prepare a bit to make the most of their time at the Career and Internship Fair:
- Dress – Make sure you dress professionally, as potential employers immediately take you more seriously when you make a solid first impression. If you need a work suit or jacket, feel free to visit the MSU Career Services Office Costume Bank. If you find something that you like and that works for you, you can have it at no cost.
- Bring copies of your CV – Also prepare an introduction that will serve as what Boone calls your “30 second ad”.
- Find out which businesses and schools will be attending – be prepared for questions to ask them. A representative from Northwestern Mutual puts it well. “When you come to the career fair, prepare your resume in a concise, easy-to-read format. Be prepared by having a basic knowledge of the business and what we do at Northwestern Mutual so that we can spend the time we have together getting to know you. Ask the recruiter or representative what they are looking for in an intern or employee. Also, try not to be nervous. Know that we have been where you are and we are delighted to meet you and learn more about you. ”
- Grow Your Network – It’s never too early to explore industries and start building your network. You could be that student who leaves the Career and Internship Fair with an interview offer for a fantastic opportunity you never knew existed. Many MSU graduates return to campus to recruit talent and are eager to help current students achieve their career goals. “There are so many benefits to attending the show, whether it’s to get your name known to employers and colleges in your field or to feel comfortable interacting in a professional setting,” said Boone .
Students who participate in the Career and Internship Fair will also have the option of receiving a free professional photo to use on their LinkedIn page and other social media accounts.
“We want to make sure that MSU students have the resources to establish a professional presence online and in person,” Boone said.
Representatives at the fair really want to recruit MSU students for jobs, internships and graduate schools, like Zach Miller, senior recruiter for AppHarvest.
“Participating in the career fair and internship gives AppHarvest the opportunity to meet and network with potential candidates in person and allows us to share our passion for the organization and let candidates express their interest in our mission”, Miller said. “We are actively recruiting for full-time, part-time and part-time internships. Morehead is our headquarters, so being able to connect with MSU students is an opportunity we are delighted to be a part of.”
MSU students and alumni of all majors are encouraged to attend. Be sure to download the free Career Fair Plus app available on Google Play and Apple and find out who you can meet at the fair. Masks are compulsory at the Adron Doran University Center.
Through MSU’s Career Services Office, students at Morehead State University have access to many resources focused on their success. Visit https://events.moreheadstate.edu/careers/#!view/all to see upcoming events focused on providing students with more useful tools, knowledge and opportunities.
For more information on MSU Career Services, call 606-783-2233, email [email protected] or visit www.moreheadstate.edu/career.