Preparation

Three Reasons It’s OK to Skip the Career Fair

No, that’s not a typo. The Career Center IS telling you it may be OK to skip the fair. Let us explain.

Career Fairs are our largest recruiting events and they have opportunities for all students who wish to pursue them. However, for some, there may be other opportunities that are a better fit. Take a look through our list below and see if you fit in any of these buckets.

Reason One: You are exploring

While we highly encourage students to explore careers at a fair (see our 5 Reasons To Attend a Career and Internship Fair blog post), we also acknowledge that there are many students who don’t know what they want to do and that’s OK! We have LOTS of programming geared towards students who are in the explore stage. These opportunities will be available later in the semester and you will receive information in our weekly newsletter about how to register. Also, you are always welcome to come speak to one of our exploration career coaches to help you get started.

Reason Two: You are not interested in speaking to the employers who will be attending

If you’ve done your research and you are not finding what you are looking for, you may not choose to attend the fair. We do our best to make sure there is a wide variety of employers available for you to speak to. However, it is not realistic that we will be able to host every organization at a single fair and hiring timelines do affect the types of employers in attendance. If the Fair isn’t for you, there will be many other specialized career fair and networking opportunities for you throughout the year. You will receive additional information about these opportunities throughout the year. Also, new opportunities are posted in Handshake daily.

Note:
A career fair is a great opportunity to practice speaking with an employer in person. Every employer is choosing to recruit at Boston College because they are interested in students like you. Also, you may not realize you are interested in an organization until you speak to someone. It may be worth it to attend the fair to speak to an employer in an industry of interest.

Reason Three: You just don’t feel ready

We get it. You may not feel ready to attend a fair, and that’s OK! Like I said earlier, there are MANY opportunities that will be coming your way. We can give you a pass, as long as you don’t forget about us at the Career Center. Everyone has their own journey, but you need to be an active participant in the process. If you decide to not attend the fair, make sure you have a game plan for what resources you are going to take advantage of throughout your time at BC. We are here to help you!

One last thought

I want to end with the fact that I did not list things such as: not having a resume prepared or not feeling confident as reasons to skip the fair. These are not reasons to skip the fair. We have many resources to help you prepare, including:

  • Prepare for the fair workshops prior to the fair
  • Virtual drop-in hours before the fair
  • Career coaches in attendance at the event to answer questions and help guide you

Visit bc.edu/careerfair for more information about the fair and how to prepare.

By Allison Postlethwait, Assistant Director, Marketing and Communications

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