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Five reasons to check into careers fairs

August 9, 2016 by Liz Green

Five reasons to check into careers fairs

Have you ever considered dropping into one of Curtin’s Career Fairs? With a Fair each semester every year, you get plenty of opportunities to meet employers at a different type of networking event. One that is energy-charged, busy and geared for informative fun.

Big on-campus events still present a brilliant opportunity to get some valuable tips, from a range of industry professionals and employers, on the best ways to tackle the job search and recruitment process.

And, if you do have some questions for a particular attending employer or organisation you’re interested in, you can learn a little more about them and the types of work they offer students, from vac work to grad programs.

So, whether you feel unsure about which direction to take after you graduate, or you already have a firm career plan mapped out, there are many reasons to attend. Here are five:

  1. Things don’t get started until 11 am. There’s plenty of time to get to campus, find a parking spot, grab a coffee, and drop in before or after class.
  2. It’s free, and the format is flexible, so it’s really up to you whether you visit for 10 minutes, come and go several times, or stay for the full three hours. There are breakout workshops from 11.30 am – there’s no need to book ahead – just check out the schedule and the range of topics, then time your visit accordingly.
  3. You could discover an employer or a career choice you hadn’t previously considered. After all, did you know that some government departments, or companies like BHP Billiton and Commonwealth Bank, employ grads from a range of disciplines – not just those that seem to fit their core business?
  4. It’s a short and sweet intro to networking. The industry reps are there specifically to engage with you, but they have a lot of people to meet throughout the event. It’s okay to introduce yourself, ask a question, grab some additional info – or maybe a freebie – and move on!
  5. Whatever stage you’re at in your career planning or your studies, career fairs offers a great chance to improve your employability, from getting feedback on your résumé to learning about volunteering opportunities with not-for-profit organisations, to meeting employers who offer both professional and casual work for students.

Why not make a little time in your schedule and head over to the Work Ready Careers Fair at Curtin Stadium on Weds, 10 August, 11 am-2 pm. Not only will you get something out of it, you’ll probably have fun!

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