Arts & Sciences Career Fair - Student Information

Welcome to the Fall 2022 Arts & Sciences Career Fair!

Due to the recent restructuring involving the Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts, College of Science, and College of Geosciences, the Liberal Arts Career Fair and Sciences Career Fair will be coming together to create the Arts and Sciences Career Fair. This will be a TWO-day event with the first day being dedicated to liberal arts majors and the second day being dedicated to sciences majors. Both events are FREE to attend!

Day One: liberal arts - September 20, 2022, 10am-3pm CDT
2300 MSC (Bethancourt Ballroom)

Student registration is optional but recommended for sharing your profile with recruiters
Student Registration & Employer & Graduate School List
Majors intended: social sciences, humanities, governement & public service, and visual & performing arts

Contact: Arts Career Fair Team

Day Two: sciences - September 21, 2022, 10am-3pm CDT
2300 MSC (Bethancourt Ballroom)

Student registration is optional but recommended for sharing your profile with recruiters
Student Registration & Employer & Graduate School List
Majors intended: life sciences, geoscience, envionmental science, health science, physical science, and math & statistics 

Contact: Sciences Career Fair Team

Overview: The Arts and Sciences Career Fair is an opportunity to visit with representatives from industries, consulting firms, governmental agencies, non-profit agencies, and graduate and professional schools from Texas and across the nation. Recruiters can tell you about internships, full-time job opportunities, and graduate and professional school programs.

Day one of the Arts and Sciences Career Fair is for students in liberal arts majors including students in the the social sciences, humanities, government & public service, and visual & performing arts. Day two of the Arts and Sciences Career fair will focus on majors with the geoscience and environmental sciences, physical sciences, math & statistics, and life & health sciences. However, all students and former students are welcome to attend either aspect of the Career Fair.

Recruiters can tell you about internship and full-time job opportunities or about their graduate or professional school programs.  It is not typical for recruiters to hire on the same day, so the goal is to land an interview.

Employers are ready to have an interaction with you.  Are YOU ready?  Utilize the information below to prepare for the fair!

WHY GO TO THE ARTS & SCIENCES CAREER FAIR?

Explore Career Options

Learn about internship and full-time opportunities in your field of interest. Gain insights about careers and how to prepare for these careers.

Improve Communication Skills

You can practice the communication skills you will need during an interview by introducing yourself and asking about what you are seeking and describing your experiences.

Network

The Career Fair is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to representatives from companies and schools and begin building a networking relationship with important career contacts.

ATTENDING AS A FIRST & SECOND YEAR STUDENT

It may be daunting to attend a Career Fair as a first or second year student. And you may be asking yourself, do I need to attend if I am not looking for an internship yet? The answer is YES. The best time to start attending Career Fairs is BEFORE you need an internship or job. It is a time to gain experience talking to employers and explore the opportunities that are available to you.

Benefits of attending

  • Discover your likes and dislikes early​

  • Create an action plan to utilize your time at Texas A&M effectively​

  • Be on employers' radars in the future​

  • Feel confident about your ability to navigate the process once you need the Career Fair for a job or internship

What should you ask employers during your 1:1 time with them?

If you’re unsure about questions you can ask employers, here are some below:
  • What are some skills and/or experiences you’re looking for applicants to have by the time they apply?
  • What are the daily responsibilities of someone in this career?

  • What are some of the challenges that come with working in this industry?

  • What is rewarding about working in this industry?

  • What are the trends you expect to see within this industry in the next 3-5 years?

  • What are the factors most used by employers to hire in this field?

  • Where are most of the jobs in this industry located?

Additional questions?

While you will not have time to ask all of your questions at the career fair, they can help you understand more about an industry you are interested in along with opportunities you can take advantage of right now to become competitive. And if you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us, schedule an appointment at tx.ag/ccappointment, or drop in for walk ins at tx.ag/ccwalkin.

HOW DO I DRESS?

Business Casual

Business Casual is appropriate if you plan to talk with numerous representatives and are gathering information about internships, full-time opportunities or graduate school programs, but not actively applying for these opportunities. Your goal is to look professional and express interest in speaking to them. For men, wear ironed dockers and a polo shirt, or nice dress pants and a long sleeve shirt with collar, and polished shoes. A tie or jacket is optional, but you do not need to wear both.  For women, nice dress pants and blouse or a dress and polished shoes.

Review more details on how to Dress for Success

Business Professional

Business attire is appropriate if you are actively applying for internships, full-time or graduate school programs.  More formal clothing shows the recruiter you are interested in their opportunities.  The Texas A&M University Career Closet has business suits available to rent. Visit their website to make a reservation for a fitting.

Texas A&M University Career Closet website

BEFORE THE FAIR

Revise your resume

  • This is the only document employers will have to remember you!
  • Utilize walk-ins in the Career Center Mon-Fri from 1:30pm – 4:00pm.

Research the fair and HireAggies

  • Explore the list of employers, and identify who you want to meet.
  • Visit the websites from your list of employers that interest you to learn about the organization.
  • Visit HireAggies.com to research possible positions available from the employers you identified.
  • Use AggieNetwork.com for the Find An Aggie feature to research former students hired by that employer.

Develop your pitch

  • Practice telling your story in 30 seconds or less.
  • Identify why you are a strong candidate for the organization.

Practice your approach

  • Individualize your introduction to each employer to incorporate your pitch and highlight your knowledge of the employer.

Prepare your materials

  • Prepare questions that you would like the employers to answer.
  • Print your resume on resume paper and take a professional portfolio or folder to keep everything organized.
  • Bring a pen and blank paper to write additional notes on the day of the fair.

Plan your attire

  • Look employable!
  • First impressions are lasting impressions to the employers and attire is a part of that.
  • A suit will show you are prepared for the career transition and will help you feel confident.
  • Visit the Career Closet in the MSC to rent a suit for the fair if you don’t already own one and for professional attire advice.

DURING THE FAIR

Arrive early

  • Walk through the fair to get the layout and strategize your approach for each of your key employers.
  • Check your appearance one final time and silence your phone.

Listen to what employers say

  • Prior to your introduction, listen to the conversations before yours to get a feel for your upcoming conversation.
  • After your introduction, learn as much as you can about the opportunities the employer has available.

Connect with the recruiter

  • Greet the recruiter with a confident and firm handshake.
  • Maintain eye contact when talking with the recruiter.
  • Introduce yourself, share your pitch, and explain why you are interested in their company and their position(s).
  • Be enthusiastic and smile!  This is your opportunity to share your passion and project your interest in the organization.

Collect important information

  • Take notes and always ask for a business card.

Review your notes

  • Take breaks between meeting with recruiters.
  • Write down any additional notes following meeting the recruiter and create a list of any follow-up actions so you don’t forget.
  • Collect your thoughts for the next meeting so you are refreshed and prepared for the next meeting.

AFTER THE FAIR

Contact the employer

  • Send an email to thank the recruiter for the conversation and to remind them of your interest in and your fit with the position.

Review and reflect

  • Consider which employers you felt the best connection with, and decide what your next step should be.
  • Think about your connection with each recruiter.  To what extent could you see yourself working alongside them?  What impression did they give about the kind of people who fit their corporate culture?

Commit to your future

  • Complete any follow-up actions and apply to the positions you are interested in.
  • Don’t expect to get an immediate job offer based on a conversation with the recruiter at the fair.
  • Utilize your Career Fair experience as one of the many way you will explore potential career paths and where you see yourself after graduation.
  • Create a professional contacts list and add the information you gathered at the fair so you can reference it for future professional networking purposes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO CONSIDER

Possible questions to ask employers

  • What kinds of skills and experience do you look for in the employees you hire?
  • What kind of entry-level positions (or internships) exist within your organization?
  • Are there specific career tracks within the organization?
  • What is your organization’s culture like?
  • What can I do to help add value to the company?
  • What made you choose this company and why do you stay?
  • How long have you been with the company?

Developing your 30-second pitch

  • Concrete information
    • Name
    • Graduation (month and year)
    • Degree and Major
  • Subjective information
    • Themes of your experience
    • Emphasize high impact practices (ex. Study Abroad, Leadership positions, etc.)
    • Share your interests and passions
  • Connecting Information
    • Why this organization?
    • Why this job?

NAVIGATING VIRTUAL CAREER FAIRS

How to prepare

Tips to rock the Virtual Career Fair

  • Have a professional background (but we recommend not using a virtual background)

    • ​Inspect your room around you and remove any distracting objects

    • If you use a virtual background, keep it to a professional one

  • Make sure you are somewhere with strong Internet connection 

  • If you live with other people, mention that you will be participating in a Virtual Career Fair to help limit background noise 

  • Have a physical or virtual copy of the resume you submitted to HireAggies nearby so that you can reference if needed

  • If you experience technology issues - don't let it shake your confidence! You are not the first and you won't be the last. Overcommunicate with the employers any potential difficulties you may have and have a plan in case you lose connection, such as getting their email address at the beginning of the conversation.

  • Dress the Part!

    • Pretend this is an in-person fair - wear the exact same thing! 

    • Business professional is the dress code if you are looking for a position, business casual if you are only interacting with employers

    • Make sure you are FULLY dressed for success! You never know when you may have to get up, and you want employers to always see you at your best!

Remember, You've got this!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email us, schedule an appointment at tx.ag/ccappointment, or drop in for walk ins at tx.ag/ccwalkin.


 

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