Career Services Update Fall 2020

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Welcome back to campus, Eagles!

A lot has changed since we last saw you in person last semester. We know you are anxious about how this global pandemic affects your future job prospects, internships, and ability to interact with employers during the 2020-2021 school year.

Rest assured, Career Services has been working very hard this summer to plan our fall 2020 employer recruiting schedule, to constantly learn and stay up to date on current hiring trends, and to learn best practices to successfully interact with students virtually. For this first edition of Horizons, we’d like to share some important information and updates with you so you are prepared to take advantage of all Career Services has to offer this fall.  The new normal of today is changing daily and how this will play out continues to be written.  To say the least you will need to take a very active role, more so than ever before in seeking out opportunity, and we are with you the entire way.   

Fall 2020 Employer Recruiting Events

Our traditional large-scale Industry/Career Expo that always occurs during OctoberWest will transition to both a virtual event and several “mini” Industry/Career Expos throughout the month of October in order to allow employers and students the ability to socially distance and interact with each other’s health, safety, and budgets in mind.

Virtual Industry/Career Expo: September 30, 10am – 4pm

Pivoting to a virtual platform will be a learning curve for all of us, and the effort you put into preparing ahead of time is so important for the event’s overall success. The best things you can do to prepare are:

  • Complete your Handshake profile entirely
  • Upload your resume to Handshake as a PDF
  • Continually monitor your email for updates. Also, check the Handshake events page to register for upcoming workshops to help you prepare for the Virtual Industry/Career Expo.

On-Campus Industry/Career Expos: October 1, 14, 22, 29, 11am – 3pm

Please be conscientious that you will need to follow all University guidelines, such as social distancing rules and wearing a face covering. Please continually monitor your email for updates on these events.

Career Services Student Appointments 

Career Services plans to follow University protocols and CDC recommendations when meeting with students this fall, which may change based on current conditions. Whether your Career Services degree program manager is offering in-person or virtual appointments, please know that we will be just as available to you as we always were. We will still be available on a “walk-in” basis even if that means a phone call or a video call. The success of these virtual mediums depends purely on your initiative to take advantage of them, and we encourage you to be proactive in your internship and job search process by reaching out to your Career Services program manager regularly. 

We look forward to engaging with you this fall semester!  

– The Career Services Team

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