Career Fair to provide students with possible connections to employers

Barbara Corbellini Duarte/Staff Wrtier

Employers from all parts of the United States will gather at Biscayne Bay Campus to make themselves available for FIU students interested in finding a job or internship.

The Career Services Office hosts two career fairs per year, one during the spring and the other during the fall. This semester, the Career Fair will be on Feb. 15, at the Wolfe University Ballroom from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“There will be approximately 40 employers from multiple industries attending the BBC Career Fair,” said Harold Clayton, associate director of Career Services.

According to Clayton, among the employers attending the fair there will be NBC Universal, Trump International, Pepsico, and the U.S. Department of State and Thyssen Kypp elevator.

“We are experiencing a significant increase in the number of students attending specifically within the past two years,” said Clayton. “At our last event, over 300 students attended.”

The fair is open for undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni, who will have the chance to look for part-time, full-time, summer jobs and internships available locally, nationally and internationally.

“Some will be providing information only, and others will be looking for actual candidates to interview immediately or later for varied openings,” Clayton said.

Clayton encourages students to research about employers that are attending on the Career Services website and find out which one interest them the most. Business attire is required. Attendees should bring their Panther One Card and an updated résumé. The Career Services Office also offers several workshops to help students prepare to the fair, such as resume writing and interviewing skills.

According to Clayton, students who attend career fairs on their freshman and sophomore years report increased confidence in their ability to interact with employers and communicate their accomplishments. Juniors and seniors settle interviews for internships and full-time jobs through contacts made at the fairs.

Isabel Capella, program assistant at the Career Services Office, motivates all students to attend.

“If you don’t find a job, at least you have a chance to network and get contacts for the future,” Capella said.

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