Plenty of Fish in the C...areer Fair
ALEXANDER YOU As college students, we're all about living it up here and now, but will inevitably have to face the simple fact of life and get real jobs. Why not survey your options now? Companies sure will. Near the beginning of every semester, located at the Frank Erwin Center, the University of Texas offers a program for currents students and university alumni to help connect students from UT to the real world job market. The Natural Sciences Career Fair offers an opportunity to splash in the job market and really get into the deep end of company interaction.
With direct representatives from many companies, you can learn exactly what each company is all about, what they are looking for, and what job opportunities are available. However, it is reasonably daunting for many students to face the career fair. It does require talking to other human beings, but don't fret. These recruiters don't bite; they are friendly and they understand what you are going through. You are not a fish out of water. They have seen numerous students come and go in your exact situation. Be confident and empower your curiosity to get the most out of your time.
For many freshman, the career fair is rumored to be a waste of time. You may hear a lot of "sorry, we don't take freshman. However, don't be discouraged because the career fair is not purposed solely to fish for interviews. It is a learning process of personal professionalism, a semi-casual practice for important interviews, and a method to gain vital information about many companies, ranging from Austin's startups to international behemoths. For every company you communicate with, for every recruiter that takes your resume, and for every email or phone number written down, you are networking. You are now in their database of possible and viable workers. Though they may not contact you back immediately, you are in their system and will be relevant to their recruiting in the future.
As a freshman, I had an encouraging FIG leader that pushed my entire pod to go to the career fair and we all benefited greatly from the experience. Make sure to temper your expectations, but take the experience very seriously. There are many companies that reject freshman, but there are even more that consider them. Go in with an attitude of learning and let your inner self shine. Be ready with your resume and a list of companies you are interested in. This is your easiest and probably first opportunity to expose yourself to these companies and receive an internship or a full-time job position.
Although it is not the only option, it is one of many that you should take the opportunity to participate in. These companies have gathered in search for students just like you! Now go out there and test the waters of the Natural Sciences Career Fair!