Each semester Auburn University hosts career fairs for students. These career fairs encompass different majors around campus. The two largest career fairs they host are the AU Career Fair and the STEM Career Expo. They also have smaller career fairs that are more directed at certain schools or majors. These include agriculture, building science, communications and media, education, supply chain management and more.
The AU Career Fair is the largest and it is open to all students in any major. There are typically over 100 employers present, and this year over 2,000 students attended. The STEM Career Expo is directed to students in the sciences and technology majors. It also hosts around 100 employers, and around 1,000 students attend. (photo: // contributed by Auburn Career Center)
Though majors are important they do not necessarily determine what job field students will go into.
These career fairs help students to learn what employers are looking for and what different jobs are like. They also help students begin the networking process, which is extremely important in the professional world today.
"Career fairs are the only time in your life you will have an employer come to you," said Addye Buckley-Burnell, Assistant Director of Career Development.
Each semester companies from around the area sign up and pay to attend these career fairs.
"Many of them are Auburn graduates, so they love Auburn students and are looking to hire many of them," Buckley-Burnell said.
The career fairs typically take over the student center ballroom or Auburn Arena. Rows are set up with a table for each company attending. (photo: // contributed by Auburn Career Center)
"They are pretty packed, but you can navigate," Buckley-Burnell said.
It is recommended that students begin attending career fairs the semester before they are looking to apply for an internship. They say this because the next semester when students are actually looking for an internship their nerves will have worn off.
Buckley-Burnell offers many tips to students who are looking to attend these events from how to prepare to how to dress the day of.
Prior to these events, they post a list of each employer attending. It is important to look at this list before attending the event and learn a little about the company.
"The employers' biggest complaint is students not knowing about the company," Buckley-Burnell said.
The university has developed an app for students to look up companies while at the event, so they are prepared before approaching each employer.
It is important to dress the part: business professional. For men, this means a suit and tie. For women, this means a suit, with either pants or a skirt, or a dress with a jacket. Women must make sure that their dresses and skirts are of appropriate length.
It is recommended that each student should prepare a 30-second 'elevator speech.' In this, they should tell them employer about themselves, what they are looking for from the company and how they can benefit the company. Through this students should make themselves stand out.
Lastly, all students should come with a solid resume prepared. They should have enough printed to give one to each employer they visit during the fair.
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