Even though summer seems like centuries away, inevitably the next 16 weeks of the spring semester will fly by in the blink of an eye.
For graduating seniors, the next few months may be crucial for job hunting. Fortunately, Illinois State has always been attentive to its students’ futures and provides a number of career fairs each semester to help students secure the job they want after graduation.
The Social Sciences Internship and Career Fair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday in Bone Student Center, Brown Ballroom.
This will be the first, but definitely not last, career fair of the semester, and will accommodate a specific group of students who are majoring in criminal justice sciences, sociology, anthropology, social work, psychology and politics and government.
Illinois State provides these events to give students a head start for their futures. Career fairs allow students to meet with potential employers and to find a possible business to intern at. Multiple employers will be available to better educate students about their agencies.
Tracy Wehrle, professional practicum coordinator for the department of criminal justice sciences, said that there are multiple benefits to these fairs that could give undergraduates major advantages while competing for a job.
“They are networking, and as we know, the more contacts one has when entering the job market, the more opportunities that can open up for them,” Wehrle said.
Wehlre strongly recommends this event to anyone who has not finalized his or her decision on a job or internship.
Professionalism will be expected by the agencies. Wehlre suggests attending a seminar by the Career Center that will provide tips on how to work the room of prospective employers and how best to approach a representative.
She also suggests coming professionally dressed and having copies of résumés that have been critiqued by the Career Center.
“Be able to articulate why you want to work for that agency and what you can bring to the table. Agency representatives are impressed when students have clearly done their research, know what the agency does and come with specific questions,” Wehlre said.
The Social Sciences Internship and Career Fair will welcome numerous agencies from all over Illinois. For a complete list of agencies visit CriminalJustice.IllinoisState.edu.