Alexis Peterson, Features Editor
On Friday, Sept. 27, the University of Missouri–St. Louis hosted their annual Fall Job and Internship Fair, an event which allows students, staff, and people outside the university the chance to meet and greet with local businesses as well as experts in hiring. There are people to look at your resumes, talk about cover letters, and tell you what their jobs and companies are like. A lot of college students can have difficulty transitioning into the job market after college, because while the college application process is similar, it’s worlds away from the pressure of the job hunt.
Colleges are finding that setting up events like this one can really help students to not only feel more prepared for the world after college, but also build relationships that can help them to succeed in this world. By going out and meeting business owners or HR representatives at these events, students can distinguish themselves from their peers, something that might give them the extra boost on an internship or job application to succeed over another candidate. In the current world, who you know can be a big indicator of how useful you will be to a company and sometimes, especially fresh out of college, you may need someone to vouch for your work ethic or skills. This is somewhere where networking connections can come in handy. And with the university giving free admission to those who pre-register online up to 3 days before the event, there is really no reason to miss out on these opportunities. Unless, of course, you had class. You pay money for that class; get everything out of it that you can.
As for Friday’s Internship Fair specifically, it was bustling with students and business professionals alike, all looking to connect with each other. It was great to see so many students taking advantage of this opportunity that the university had set up, and I am so glad that so many people managed to make their way over to the Mark Twain Building to see what the event was all about. But the hustle and bustle was definitely real, so I would recommend getting there early if you plan to go to the next one, as it gets a bit hectic over lunch.
If you missed the event, don’t worry! There will be more opportunities like this to come. But in the meantime, head over to the Career Services office in Room 278 of the Millennium Student Center. That’s by the Cashier’s Office, if you’re new. Just swing a left before you hit the Cashier’s, you can’t miss it. Career Services offers all kinds of services, including helping you to develop your resume, prepare for interviews or even plan your job search. They also have all the info on the best internships, so don’t be afraid to ask them. Departments within the university often have some pretty great opportunities too, but that’s best to ask your advisor about. Opportunities abound at the university, all you have to do is look!
Best of luck to you all in your current or future job searches, and never be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Especially from the professionals over at Career Services. They’re so good at getting jobs, they literally made a career out of helping others! They’re the best!