It’s that time of year again; September 10 and 11 mark the dates of the University of Notre Dame’s annual fall career expo. Students searching for a full-time job should attend the full-time fair on September 10, while students looking for an internship should attend the internship fair on September 11.
Students at Notre Dame are fortunate to have such valuable networking opportunities right on campus. With the Joyce Center Field House, or the JACC as students call it, serving as a convention center, one can expect many companies to attend the expo. For instance, at the 2013 Winter Career and Internship Fair, 128 corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations attended. More than 1500 students from all majors and class years sought the chance to speak with these organizations.
Notre Dame realizes that career fairs can be overwhelming, confusing and competitive, which is why the university has an entire center dedicated to helping students take ownership of their career. The Career Center provides various services, assessments, workshops, presentations, career fairs, and mock interviews to help guide students.
Online databases such as Go IRISH are available as well so that students can pursue job opportunities, sign up for interviews, or conduct career-related research. A copy of the “2013-2014 Career & Job Search Guide” is available online as an additional resource. The Career Center is also open to graduate students and alumni.
The most popular service the Career Center offers that students receive many emails about is the resume reviews. Geared towards specific majors, these three-hour resume reviews are a great way to ensure that a student’s resume is strong and relevant to his or her prospective field of work. A full list of upcoming events and workshops the Career Center offers can be found online.
All students (including freshmen) should attend the career fair, even if a student is not actively searching for a job or internship. The career fair can give students a glimpse at what employers are looking for, which can help him or her tailor their classes and extra curricular activities so that he or she is a good candidate when their time comes. Students are expected to dress in business attire and represent the very best of the University of Notre Dame.