On Wednesday, February 24, Career Services planned and put on a Career Fair, better known as Eagle Expo, at Georgia Southern University. The event took place at the RAC on campus from 10-2 p.m. The University p holds this career fair every semester, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. This year’s event hosts major nation companies and chains such as ones like Aflac, Target, and others.
As a rising senior who will be graduating in December, I decided that this Eagle Expo would be beneficial to both my internship search and my future job search. Even if I didn’t find anything to suit what I was looking for, I knew it would be valuable to be there and I could gain some experience by talking to the recruiters and sharing my resume with them.
Before the Eagle Expo, I edited my resume, prepared an outfit, and put my job-searching game-face on. I was excited to find out that Career Services posted a list of businesses, companies, and schools that would be at their Career Fair on their website. This was essential to helping me map out my plan for the event. Although the Career Fair was aimed more towards business and education majors, I still found some companies that I was looking forward to talking to.
Target was one of those companies. We all know target. We all love target. It was great to be able to talk to their recruiter and learn more about what a job with Target would be like. Even better than that, they offered to set -up a job interview! Now, I didn’t take the interview, simply because I wasn’t ready for my job search to get that serious and I have a little while until I’m seriously looking for a job. Another issue was that I was looking for something that was more in the public relations field, not so much sales and marketing. I understand they are in the same family, but ideally I’d love a public relations internship where I can really gain experience and insight into the real world and on what it is like to be a successful, professional, public relations practioner.
I know that there are tons of opportunities out there. However, I didn’t find any at this semester’s Eagle Expo specifically for me. I was almost disappointed at how few companies and businesses I spoke with. Don’t get me wrong- there were tons of people there ready to recruit and talk to Georgia Southern students. However, they were all looking for business majors or education majors. I think that the Eagle Expo should attempt to make their Career Fairs more diverse. I would have loved to have talked to some people in the Communications field.
I think that what the Career Services on campus is doing is great. The offer so many opportunities to help the students here at Georgia Southern succeed in their job search, get out into the real world after graduation, and become successful in whatever it is they love to do. The Career Fair was definitely important in teaching me how to talk to recruiters, and how to sell myself to them. I learned alot from attending the event. But, I still believe that they should have more options for other majors too. Maybe next year?