On Thursday, March 6, the Office of Career Services at the University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the Career & Graduate School Fair on UNG's Dahlonega Campus, connecting students and alumni with more than 80 organizations offering employment and graduate programs.
"This event provides a unique opportunity for students and alumni to meet face-to-face with recruiters to discuss employment and graduate school opportunities, rather than just being a number in an online recruiting system," said Dora Ditchfield, director of career services. "They want UNG students in their programs or companies either now or in the future, so it's important that students attend to learn about these opportunities. Even for students who aren't seniors, it's a great chance to look for internships and to ask questions about what they should be doing as underclassmen to make themselves more marketable in the future."
The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. Professional attire is required, and résumés are strongly encouraged. The event is open to UNG students and alumni only.
Ditchfield also recommends that students and alumni who plan on attending do a bit of research beforehand to know about the organizations and what they do. The online registration site contains background information on the 87 organizations that will be attending the event, including schools such as Emory University, University of Georgia and Auburn University, and employers such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, GEICO and the U.S. Peace Corps.
"There's a great vibe in the room where our next generation of up-and-coming professionals interacts with knowledgeable reps from a variety of sectors," said Dr. Eric Skipper, acting CEO of UNG's Oconee Campus and dean of Honors & Graduate Studies. "The Career Fair is the nexus where academic disciplines meet their real-world counterparts."
Ditchfield also said that fair visitors should be open-minded in considering all options, as the lesser-known companies can have opportunities that equal or exceed those offered by better-known companies.
Résumé examples can be found on the Career Services website at www.ung.edu/careers, under "Tips by Topic."