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A College Student's Guide to Career Fairs

Updated on January 5, 2015
Students chat with professionals at a Beal College career fair in Bangor, Maine.
Students chat with professionals at a Beal College career fair in Bangor, Maine.

Career fairs are interesting and allow students to get a hands-on view of their potential future. Every so often, career fairs come to many different schools and colleges throughout the United States, allowing career-seeking students to explore the beauties of having a professional job. This applies to young high school students as well. Here is some information on just how helpful it is to find a good career.

Observe the career fair

Upon arriving to the career fair, take a quick look around and get a good overview of the crowd. Walk around and just observe what the professionals are doing. As you approach the first booth, don't be shy to introduce yourself. Tell the person at the booth your name, hobbies, and interest of looking for a new career. The professional person will be very pleased to meet you and is able to tell you more about potential opportunities. For instance, if that booth covers nursing, she should be able to explain the chemistry of having a nursing career.

Pick up brochures

Brochures can be picked up at most booths, along with some business cards. Those brochures could contain an application to a university or college, more information about their programs, and their nearest business. Brochures are a good way to help get an overview of what program you're interested in.

Getting involved

Some booths allow hands-on opportunities for students. For example, you discover a meteorology booth, and you happen to enjoy studying weather. You walk closer to the booth and you see a television set and a huge green sheet that is hanging in the background, in front of a camera. You should, of course, introduce yourself to the meteorologist at the booth, and ask him to place me on TV. He says "sure."

Later, you find yourself standing right in front of the camera. He tells you that you should look directly at both the television set and camera all at the same time. The blue sheet will eventually turn into a weather map for other viewers as they are watching TV. After this, the meteorologist can give you a video of yourself to take home, so you can watch yourself on TV.

The next time there is a career fair in your community, get involved. Career fairs are especially great for those who have not decided what they want to do with their lives. Who knows, a decision may be made as little as taking a trip to one of the career booths.


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