Penn State Fall Career Days: The Pros and Cons

By: Miranda Kulp, THON/Philanthropy Chair

It’s that time of the year again – when more people are focused on their resumes than social media, and guys are replacing gym shorts with suits and ties. That’s right, it’s time for the career fair.

HandshakePenn State has one of the largest alumni networks offering tons of job opportunities to current students. Combine that with top-ranking academics, and you can bet companies all over the nation want to recruit here.

Though job fairs can provide great career resources for students, some communication majors remain on the fence about going. Allow us to break it down for you.

Pros:

Networking
Especially in public relations, networking is one of the most important keys to getting a job. The job fair is one of the few times when hundreds of employees and students are all under one roof.

It’s a great opportunity to put a face to a resume, make yourself known to future employees and foster meaningful connections.

Practice
Like the old saying goes, practice makes perfect.

The more practice you have presenting yourself to employees and networking the better. Job fairs are a great way to perfect your pitch and provide additional practice in presenting yourself professionally.

Cons: 

Crowds
Since the career fair is an extremely popular event for PSU students, the BJC fills up quickly. The venue often finds itself at full capacity throughout the day.

With the large amounts of people all in one area, some students find it frustrating to navigate around the place. The crowds may be intimidating but are inevitable when navigating your way around in order to talk to your ideal companies.

Time
In college, time is extremely important and limited. Going to the career fair is a great investment, however, it does demand a certain amount of time to simply find your way around the venue.

Another thing to consider is, since the career fair is during the day, some students find themselves missing class to go to the fair. Some professors, of course, are okay with this – but not all of them.

 

Although the job fair has its ups and downs, it’s full of opportunity if you’re wiling to make the most of it. Even if you don’t land a job, you’ll gain great experience and be more prepared for the next interview.

Happy job hunting!

 

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