With a student`s academic calendar already packed with numerous class projects, seminars and career treks, you may wonder if attending a career fair is really useful? But, come to think of it, who would like to pass up on the opportunity to meet a large number of recruiters from diverse industries and regions at a single location in a short span of time? Of course, No one! Career fairs are great platforms for career guidance and to familiarize yourself with the prevalent industry trends, career growth, career development, the kind of job roles that are in demand, the expected skill sets and positions available. But the most critical benefit of attending career fairs is to really master your networking skills and make valuable contacts. Talking with industry leaders, company executives and alumni, in- person, can grant you the practical, first-hand knowledge about the various career paths suitable for your interests, values and competence. Various career fairs equal various career opportunities.
When it comes to career fairs, you really are spoilt for choice. Other than your school facilitating at least two fairs in an academic year (one usually in spring and another in the fall), you also have the option of attending various national/regional fairs organized by certain professional associations and communities. You can target specific companies and industry experts belonging to a particular demographic or academic discipline. These are usually organized by national associations and are conducted on a much larger scale. (more…)