Thinking about the future is sometimes scary for a college student.
Just getting a foot in the door with a company can be overwhelming.
But career fairs can help relieve some of that stress by connecting students to potential employers and internships.
Franklin College participates in five of these fairs throughout the year, only one of which is held on campus.
The other fairs, like the Indiana Means Business fair or the Collegiate Career Expo, are put together by the college and other primarily small private liberal arts institutions in the state.
Another thing to know about these job fairs is the number of students and companies that attend.
The on-campus job fair attracts about 100 to 150 student attendees, according to Kirk Bixler, career services director.
He said the career fairs in Indianapolis are larger and garner 400 to 500 students. The Indiana Means Business fair has about 85 companies and organizations registered each year with booths.
Bixler said he, along with others, start contacting companies to get them to register as early as the summer of the year they are coming.
Junior Hannah White went to Accounting Interview Day and said she thinks going to these fairs helps you better yourself for the future.
“I got an email from three of the companies I talked to to go in and interview with them again,” White said. “I ended up getting an internship … for next semester, but I’m sure it will help me be prepared for the busy season, which is tax season, and what it is like to go through it.”
Senior Brandon Scruggs said his experiences at two career fairs “could not have been better.”
“I felt very prepared as a young professional, due to Franklin College providing me with opportunities to develop the skills necessary for having success at these events,” Scruggs said.
Bixler said the most important idea to remember is that these fairs help students make connections with possible employers.
“They’re actually talking face-to-face with people, they’re getting their names out there and they’re handing out their resumes,” he said. “Most of the companies and organizations that attend may get hundreds or thousands of applications, and the one thing that will help a student raise a little bit higher, in terms of priority hired, is actually having that opportunity to network and meet face to face.”