The Research Park Career Fair is still ahead of us (March 15), but much of the spring career fair season is winding down. If you went to a career fair this year, well done! Career fairs are a great way to meet potential employers, explore career paths, and practice your interviewing and networking skills. If you didn’t go to one, definitely plan to take advantage of them next year! While some fairs (e.g., the Engineering Career Fair, the Urban Planning Fair) are intended for students with specific technical skills, many fairs feature recruiters seeking students from a variety of programs. Fairs are also targeted towards particular fields of relevance to department of English majors. The Design+ Job Fair, the Arts and Culture Fair in Chicago, the Educators Fair, and the Illini Career and Internship Fair are particularly oriented towards the interests and skills of people who study English and Creative Writing.
Two English majors who attended the recent Arts and Culture Career Fair in Chicago were willing to share their experiences. Meghan McCoy (a sophomore) and Henry Yeary (a freshman, who also attended the Business Career Fair last month) independently offered the same two pieces of advice based on their experience: