“The job fair can definitely be overwhelming,” senior Patrick Ashley said of the bi-annual Cardinal Job Fair at Worthen Arena. “But it’s definitely worth it.”
Ball State University hosted businesses of all types this Wednesday, September 14, 2016, where they actively recruited students for internships and even full-time employment. The event took place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and was open to all students.
James Mitchell, the associate director for employment relations for the Career Center who helped coordinate the event, said the fair is a great way to network with potential employers. These employers will come from a variety of different backgrounds from all over Indiana.
“There will be all different kinds of companies and not just big name ones. Niche companies as well,” Mitchell said.
Over 100 companies from around the country were represented at Worthen Arena, all looking for headstrong, dedicated students who are ready to take the next step into their careers.
Mitchell noted that any student can come, however only those who are well prepared will walk away with the ultimate prize: an internship or employment. He stressed that preparation is key.
“Students who want to succeed are expected to research the companies they’re interested in and know what they’re looking for,” he said. “Don’t look at [the fair] with face value. Know what to say and know who you’re talking to.”
Ball State senior Allain Duncan planned on attending the fair with his business class, although he isn’t looking at any companies in particular.
“Even though I already have a job that I can move up in and potentially establish a career out of, I’m still keeping my options open,” Duncan said. “I’m not looking for anything really, but if I see an internship opportunity that interests me, I might see what it’s all about.”
“I’m mostly here to get my professional picture taken, but I’m still going to look around, mostly at big public accounting firms,” Ashley said. “I worked at my family’s land title business over the summer, and while I wouldn’t mind doing that again next year, an internship would be nice.”
Mitchell said that those who plan on going should also know how to present themselves.
“Business casual or business professional is encouraged,” he said regarding the dress code. “Students should also bring their résumé and address employers professionally.”
Mitchell and the other directors at the Career Center also hold special counseling for students who want to prepare for the fair early. On Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., students can visit Lucina Hall 220 and work on their pitches, perform mock interviews and have their résumé reviewed.
Mitchell also said that students can visit the Cardinal Career Link website for more information regarding jobs and other career-related information.
While Ashley didn’t see anything that caught his eye, he’s still glad he went.
“If I don’t get an internship it’s not the end of the world,” he said. “I still got to see all the different companies, and this experience will help me with similar events in the future.”