Curing the Career Fair Crazies

I don't know about all of you, but this is by far one of the weirdest times of the year for me as far as job search things. The Career Fairs are finally over which is one of the best feelings. All of that hard work of scheduling and preparation will finally begin to start paying off in the form of interviews. At least you hope. Every year, everyone I know is either super stressed out because of all the interviews that they need to prepare for or they are disappointed because a lot of the companies that they had spoken to at the Career Fair hadn't extended them an invitation to interview for a position.

This crazy time period is what I wanted to focus on because every year students, myself included, tend to judge our professional selves based on the results of the career fair. Either I become satisfied with my successes or disappointed in my failures. Both of these are completely rational and understandable, but that doesn't mean these are the things that we should be focused on. The Career Fairs can be one of the most useful tools when it comes to finding opportunities and making connections with companies, but there are so many other ways that you can do those things. Finding a way to get past the range of emotions that present themselves is always a key to having success, and it becomes even more important this year.

We are still dealing with the impact of that Covid-19 has had on our day to day lives. The same is true for companies. I know there are multiple companies that I reach out to each year at the Career Fair that were not present this year. There are going to be a lot of companies that traditionally recruit Michigan State Engineers that have not been able to begin recruitment yet because they don't have the approval within the budget right now. That does NOT mean that they will not be hiring at all for full-time positions, it just means they cannot right now.

This makes the events of this past Career Fair less significant than they have been in years past. There is no reason to get overly excited or disappointed in ourselves because we are quite literally only getting started. Companies are going to continue posting positions and recruiting aspiring engineers. The key to being success this year is going to be persistent. There are two things that Covid-19 has completely destroyed: consistency and certainty. The consistency within education, professional, and recreational life is completely gone. There is no way of knowing what the next week, month, or semester will look like and there is no way of knowing that any plans are certain.

The one thing that we cannot let Covid-19 take is our perseverance. Things are going to change rapidly within the next few months. There will be companies taking postings down and there will be companies starting the recruitment process. It is up to us to make sure that we continue to search, continue to apply, and continue to make connections within the professional world. There are opportunities out there that can be applied for. It is our job to continue using Handshake, LinkedIn, Indeed, and other resources to find those opportunities and continue giving ourselves the best chance at finding the perfect job. At the end of the day, there is no substitute for hard work and determination, so try not to let the Career Fair results effect you. Let's all keep doing what we are doing. There are jobs out there for all of us, we just have to find them. Stay tuned and keep grinding Spartans!

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