You’ve probably heard a lot lately about Campus Philly’s second annual Opportunity Fair, coming up on June 15th at Drexel University’s Bossone Center. You might even be friends with one of the 850 former students who successfully networked at last year’s Fair. So, what’s in it for you? Is it really possible to make a good connection—one that will lead to a fulfilling career?
With opportunities to meet with local companies that offer jobs and career-level internships, as well as with graduate and professional school representatives eager to set you in the right direction, the chances of putting yourself on the path to a potentially profitable career are fairly high. But, what do these organizations—Campus Philly, The City of Philadelphia, and sponsoring companies like Verizon Wireless, Kaplan, and The Philadelphia Business Journal—care about your future?
According to the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, Philadelphia students rank in the bottom tenth of 100 major U.S. cities on local workforce engagement after graduation. While you benefit from gaining contacts and prospects to help guide you, these regional companies reap from hiring our city’s competent, intelligent graduates. It’s a win-win situation.
Never been to a job or an internship fair? No worries. Campus Philly has created a Fair Prep PowerPoint to show you the ropes of this event. For instance, be sure to dress to impress—a business suit and tie for men, a skirted suit or tailored pantsuit for women. Always be conscious of the companies that will be participating in the Opportunity Fair, and try viewing yourself from their perspectives. Would you hire yourself if you wore that outfit, or addressed those particular skills in your resume? Be aware of these factors, and you’re sure to make good connections.
In addition to hiring companies and graduate school representatives, the Fair will include skill-building workshops throughout the day. So, don’t let fear of failure hold you back. Philly wants you to stick around and succeed, and this will be your chance to do just that.
For graduates in the midst of their job search, the Campus Philly Opportunity Fair is a great, free, resource, said Alethia Calbeck, Employer Partnerships Director, Campus Philly. At the event, grads will be able to connect in person with employers and have the chance [to] further their networking experience and hopefully gain employment. The event provides the opportunity to connect one-on-one with employers and make a great first impression. Though the unemployment rate for those with a college degree may have increased, businesses are still interested in talented, skilled workers.
Even if you’ve graduated up to four years ago, the Opportunity Fair will have something for you. Register for this free, unique occasion to jump-start your future. Save the date: June 15th, between 12:00 P.M. and 3 P.M. After all you’ve worked for in college, it’s worth a shot, isn’t it?
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