Wow, we’re already almost eight weeks into school! CRAZY! It’s been so great, although, I am very ready for a break. Fall break will be a much-needed break from the everyday chaos of campus.
September has been a month of a lot of personal and professional development. Along with September comes career fair season! This was my first career fair, so I wanted to be sure I was adequately prepared. Shell Oil sponsored a networking event, where Shell representatives gave a presentation on how to “work a room.” We also had the opportunity to meet representatives from companies looking for consumer science students to hire. There, I met two recruiters from Ross Stores, and they gave me some awesome tips for my resume, and we had a really great conversation during the event, and I was even able to connect with them again at the School of Management Employers Forum (SMEF) Career Fair.
Going to career fairs was so beneficial. This was the first time I ever went to a career fair, so it was very nerve wracking. One of the biggest tips I have for anyone going to a career fair for the first time is to go to a career fair that isn’t as relevant to your major before one made for your major. Essentially, get your nerves out during a practice round at a career fair where you aren’t actively looking for a job. I went to the SMEF Career Fair before I went to the Consumer Science (CSR) Career Fair. At SMEF, I was able to practice approaching recruiters and saying my elevator pitch and get those nerves out of the way. Then, at CSR the next day, I was confident in approaching companies and telling them about myself.
BUT, don’t think that all I did in September was job search! Purdue offered an amazing non-academic opportunity – free concert!!! Walk the Moon performed at Slayter Hill, and it was awesome. They are a great band, and so good live! It was so much fun to forget about studying for a while and enjoy some great music.
— Ally Ylo, Sophomore, Financial Counseling and Planning