MONDAY’S EVENT OFFERS STUDENTS A CHANCE TO MEET WITH 55 POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS
By Noah Winthrop, Staff Writer
The office of Career Services will host a career night on Oct. 23 to follow up on the success of their fall career fair earlier this month.
The event will be open to current students and Mason alumni held in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall from 6-8 p.m. There will also be an Athlete’s Social Supper intended for student athletes to network from 8-9 p.m.
According to University Career Services Director Bernadette Devery, they recently added the event to their calendar due to continuing high demand from employers for Mason graduates. The later scheduling of the evening career fair will give students with jobs or classes during the day an opportunity to look at other options for employment and internships.
More than 55 employers have registered for the event, with strong representation from many industries including aerospace, insurance and banking. Companies including Starship Technologies, AFLAC and Wells Fargo will be searching for Mason students to bring their diverse talents with them after graduation.
University Career Services recommends that Career Night attendees keep their job goals in mind and have a plan to take advantage of everything the event has to offer. The plan should include research of potential employers, dressing professionally, preparing a resume, and practicing a personal pitch.
The personal pitch can make a good impression on recruiters by explaining a student’s background and communicating exactly what sort of job the applicant wants from the business. Students should also prepare questions to ask employers to learn more about potential career paths. These steps will ensure that students can have a productive experience and make the most of their time at the fair.
Career Services also provides many resources for students to prepare for Career Night. Interested students can consult their staff members before attending the event, either by email or in person, at their office in SUB 1, room 3400. They also host preparation events such as resume clinics and practice interviews, which can make the career fair and job search experience more successful and less intimidating.
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