Spotlight: Spring Career Expo: Get Ready for Your Future

Spotlight: Spring Career Expo: Get Ready for Your Future

Date Published:
Friday, March 18, 2011

With commencement on the horizon, prospective graduates’ thoughts turn to life after college. The University’s Career Center for Work, Service and Internships is an excellent resource for those about to enter the workforce, looking for summer internships, or contemplating graduate school.

To aid students’ search, the Career Center invites students of all majors and all class levels to its annual Spring Career Expo from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM, Wednesday, April 6, in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center.

The news is good for this year’s graduates, based upon feedback from employers attending the fall expo. Internship hiring is also increasing.

“For students nervous about entering the job market in a tough economy, 70 percent of the employers at the fall expo project more openings at their organizations this year; 92 percent of the organizations attending the expo viewed UNC Charlotte as a good source of talent for these positions,” said Rebecca Cody, senior assistant director for publicity and outreach and education career advisor at the University Career Center.

70 percent of the employers at the fall expo project more openings at their organizations this year; 92 percent of the organizations attending the expo viewed UNC Charlotte as a good source of talent for these positions.
Rebecca Cody, University Career Center

UNC Charlotte students and alumni are encouraged to attend the Spring Career Expo, as it is a great chance to meet employers and graduate school representatives. In addition to recruiting for full-time jobs, prospective employers could offer internships or cooperative learning opportunities. Among the organizations registered to attend are Esri, Sherwin-Williams, Target, Vanguard and the U.S. Census Bureau.

For employers who attend the expo, it is an opportunity to promote their brand on campus. Typically, more than 1,000 people visit the expo, and the Career Center advertises each organization’s involvement as soon as it registers. Employers can request space to conduct on-campus interviews or deliver in-depth information to students.

To further prepare students, the Career Center will offer pre-fair resume critiques, as well as tips on how to prepare for a job fair and how to interview effectively during the week prior to the expo. Students also can consult their discipline-specific career advisors or use the variety of resources online and in the Career Center Resource Library.

So, get ready for your future at the Spring Career Expo – remember to dress professionally and bring your resume.

Photo by Wade Bruton