Students looking to expand their professional network and identify a pathway into their desired profession should attend Career & Professional Development events.
“I had a phenomenal experience with the Spring Virtual Career Fair my senior year,” says Brooklyn Mounce ’22, an Entrepreneurship major. “I was able to sign up to speak with companies that were of interest to me and schedule one-on-one discussions about my experience and how that would fit in with each company. It was also a great opportunity to practice my elevator pitch.”
Mounce, like many students who attend Career & Professional Development events, secured an internship with one of the companies that participated in the spring fair and several months later accepted their offer of a full-time position.
The Fall Virtual Career Fair, organized by UNCG’s Career and Professional Development team, is September 28th from 1-4:30 p.m. via the Handshake platform. Like the spring session, the Career Fair promises UNCG students and alumni an exceptional opportunity to connect with world-class employers offering full-time and internship opportunities.
Virtual Fair Promotes Accessibility
The virtual format of this signature, all-majors recruiting event allows for maximum accessibility and convenience for students and employers alike. “It was a great adaptation going from in-person to virtual,” says Brooklyn, who also attended last fall’s in-person event. “There are pros and cons to both formats,” but the virtual event made her feel “more at ease” because she was able to prepare questions and information about the companies easily accessible for reference during interviews. “It allowed me to feel more prepared and put together overall.”
The Handshake recruiting platform makes registering for the event straightforward. After registering, students use the platform to learn about participating companies and their available opportunities. “I was able to view each company on Handshake and pick the ones I wanted to speak with,” says Mounce, “then Handshake automatically blocks time on my schedule.”
The Fall Virtual Career Fair is a highly productive event for UNCG students at any level. Many Career Fair attendees are graduate students or in their final two undergraduate years, but Mounce points out that “the career fair is for all.” She explains, “I attended every career fair I could while I was in college and the more I did it, the more comfortable I felt each time. It’s a great resource that is essential to elevating your personal brand.”
A Look At Last Year’s Spring Fair
The 110 employers who attended the spring session were diverse in industry – from education, finance, and technology to healthcare and automotive – and students can expect the same this fall.
These companies engaged with prospective candidates via 30-minute virtual information sessions, as well as 10-minute 1:1 conversations with pre-selected students. “We loved the communication from the university, and many students registered for 1:1 interviews,” said an employer who was happy with the results of the event. In all, the spring event was attended by 815 students who had 1,116 interactions with employers.
The top ten employers from the Spring event, based on the number of students engaged, were:
- APEX Analytics
- Campus Greensboro
- Guilford County Schools
- Kontoor Brands
Please note the Spring Career Fair will return as an in-person event on February 22, 2023.
UNCG Career & Professional Development is an Invaluable Resource
In addition to the Fall Virtual Career Fair, Career & Professional Development provides additional services designed to educate, counsel, and engage students and alumni in career planning and decision-making, experiential learning, continuing education, and employment search activities.
UNCG students can take advantage of the wealth of knowledge offered by this team by meeting individually to solicit guidance on a broad assortment of career-related topics.
To schedule an appointment with a member of the Career & Professional Development team, visit Handshake. You can select the day and time of your appointment. Students can also utilize the department’s drop-in hours (1-4 pm – Monday through Thursday) to get help with resume development and to learn about the resources available through their office. CPD is located in the Elliott University Center in Suite #1 on the lower level.
Register for the Fall Virtual Career Fair.
To schedule an appointment with a member of the Career & Professional Development team, visit Handshake. You can select the day and time of your appointment. CPD is located in the Elliott University Center in Suite #1 on the lower level.
Story by AMBCopy, University Communications
Photography provided by UNCG Career & Professional Development