The Career Expo is finally here. You’ve seen the countdown on Twitter and on our sandwich boards so you know it’s here too. This event is big, it’s actually four fairs in one, because we listened when students said they were too busy to attend multiple career events in September and October. As a result the Career Expo features the Major/Minor Fair, the Internship Showcase, the Graduate School Fair and of course, the Career Fair. The staff in the Center for Career Education has spent months asking employers and graduate schools to sign up, promising them that they will meet the most prepared and impressive students they’ve ever seen. (That would be you.) They’ve asked faculty and students to work at the events that showcase majors and minors at PC and the internships they’ve completed. The staff has worked with vendors on the Expo’s set up in Peterson so that all organizations and representatives will be happy with their table placement because everyone wants a prime spot for optimum student traffic. They’ve solicited sponsors to help pay for the event and convinced students to volunteer to work at the event. They’ve worked with Safety & Security to figure out where 140 additional cars can be parked, which is no easy feat during construction. They’ve done all they can do to ensure a successful event for students to explore majors and minors, internships, graduate schools, and full time jobs. They even convinced recruiters to come to campus a day early to host “Resumania” so students can have their resumes reviewed all day today (9/29) in ’64 Hall. We are so ready for this campus wide event. Not even a little rain will keep our students away! You can feel the energy when you walk into Slavin 108.
Until yesterday. I swear I heard a collective groan reverberate throughout Slavin. That was the moment that the staff learned about the severity of Tropical Storm Joaquin. I can only compare it to the feeling a bride must get when she learns it’s going to rain on her wedding day. Because while you know you can’t control the weather, deep down you also know it’s going to put a damper (pun intended) on your event. So now we’ve hired shuttles to drive around campus and give students rides to and from the Expo in Peterson. We hope this will help students stay a bit drier as they make their way to the Expo.
You will have a decision to make tomorrow. Risk the rain and wind, and potentially find your future, or stay in your room, dry and warm, but just as confused and stressed out as you are today about what you’re going to major in, whether or not you want to go to graduate school, where you want to intern, and what you are going to do after graduation.