I recently had the opportunity to chat with Eileen Wisnewski, director of our Center for Career Education & Professional Development (CCEPD), about the upcoming Fall Expo that will take place on Wednesday, October 3rd, in the Peterson Center. Eileen, who has more than 20 years of experience in the career development field, has been a member of the PC community for seven years. She works with an amazing team who are “passionate about assisting students with their career development and creating lives of meaning and purpose.”
I think you will agree that there is lots of great information here for you to share with your students.
Can you tell us a little bit about the Career Expo and some of the major components of this event?
We have two Career Expos, one in the fall and one in the spring. On October 3, there will be approximately 150 organizations and graduate schools in attendance and more than 1,300 students will participate. The Career Fair and Graduate School Fair are two major features of the Expo.
Some of the other major components that help make this an event for all students, regardless of their class year, include:
Major/Minor Fair: Faculty and students from all majors are present to speak with students who want to confirm their major choice, discover other majors that they might consider, and/or select a minor. It is also important to know that many students will change their major that was originally declared – so this is also a helpful resource for declared students.
Summer Experience Showcase: Students volunteer to come and share their summer experiences with their peers. This can include research opportunities, internships, career appropriate summer jobs, and more. It gives younger students a place to meet more experienced students to discover “how they spent their summer.”
Free Professional LinkedIn photographs: We hire a professional photographer to take headshots of the first 200 students. This has been a big hit in the past.
Do you have some suggestions for parents to pass on to their students about how to make the most of this experience?
- If your student does not have a suit or professional outfit on campus, please encourage him/her to bring one back to campus.
- Make sure they have activated their Handshake account and look up the organizations that will be attending.
- Recommend that they come to the Expo Crunch event on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, for extra preparation. We will have employers doing resume reviews, have a tie-tying bar, “practice your elevator pitch” booth, and more.
- Suggest that they stop by our “Daily Drop-In Hours,” which are Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. where they can meet with a career coach for additional advice.
- Finally, last year, we had a video made of the Fall Career Expo – check it out for yourself! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kfbw7sWsOC4