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Students Get Ready for Spring Career Fair
By Mike Allen, vice president for student affairs, and Tony Chiappetta, director of career services


One of the most important questions facing current and prospective college students and their families is whether the college experience is worth the significant financial investment. While there are many factors that go into assessing the value of the higher education experience, several of the most tangible measures are internship and full-time employment opportunities that students are able to attain. With this in mind, we wish to make the campus community aware of the upcoming events sponsored by the Office of Career Services. We encourage students of all classes to get involved in these programs.

A highlight of programming for the month of March will be the Spring Career Fair, which will be held in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on March 20. All CUA undergraduate/graduate students and alumni are welcome to attend. Employers will be looking to fill both full-time and internship positions. Click here for a list of attending employers. The list of employers will continue to grow as we get closer to the day of the event, so check back and please encourage interested students to attend.

In anticipation of the Career Fair, we will host a “How to Prepare for a Career Fair” presentation on March 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 323 of the Pryzbyla Center. This presentation is designed to help students prepare their resumes for the fair, identify and research attending employers, approach and engage employers at the fair, develop an understanding of employer expectations, and select appropriate attire.

In addition, Career Services counselors and student career peer advisors will host “Resume Days” on March 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. in Room 127 of the Pryzbyla Center to help students create and update their resume for the fair. No appointment is necessary.

Finally, Career Services is pleased to announce two new resources that may be of interest to faculty and staff.

  1. InterviewStream is a new online service that provides current students and alumni with opportunities to practice answering more than 7,000 pre-recorded job interview questions, organized by area of interest. Participants’ responses are recorded by webcam, can be reviewed for clarity of content and proficiency of presentation, and then re-recorded as desired. With some advance notice, questions can be added to this site by faculty members. The site also can potentially be used for class projects.
  2. Career Insider is another new service that enables students to research various industries/employers/positions, read guides on how to gain entry into careers of their choice, and search for jobs and internships nationwide.

For more information about Career Services programs, visit our website. To request a presentation for your department or class, call Career Services at 202-319-5623.