Career fairs and networking events are often viewed as ‘business majors only’ or events ‘only business majors need to go to’ but that is not the case! Company recruiters want to meet students who have vast majors, experiences, and perspectives. Sarah Staley, a University of Iowa Alum shares her success at the job fair – without having a business major. Check out below!
I was studying health and human physiology, and honestly had no clue what I wanted to do. I thought that maybe I would go to grad school because that's what a lot of people in my major did. Even though people always said "the career fair isn't just for business majors" I didn't buy it. I was a Career Peer Advisor through the Pomerantz Center, and gave many presentations in the weeks leading up to the fair about what to do to prepare for the fair. Even though I didn't think there would be much for me there, I decided to follow their advice. I downloaded the app, looked up companies that appealed to me and my interests, had my resume looked over, bought an interview outfit, and took my happy butt to the fair.
I felt confident because I had done my research, and I wasn't just mumbling about because I had looked up the location of the booths I wanted to visit before hand. Once there, one of my friends told me to check out Holmes Murphy. I thought "why not? I'm already here, I'm prepared, and I really have nothing to lose". I walked over to their booth, and they said that their HR rep had just left, but they handed me her business card.
I emailed the lady on the business card and told her that I was sorry I missed her, but that I would be interested in learning more about the company and any open positions they may have. From there it spiraled into numerous interviews, including a networking interview/event. I scheduled a mock interview through the Career Center before my first interview with the company, to give myself more confidence and to make sure I was as prepared as possible. I think it paid off because I've been with the company for 8 months now and love every minute of it. Had I just decided to give that booth a pass that day, or to just skip the whole day entirely, I would have never landed this job. Oh, and the best part? I get to use part of my major every single day. So it's true, the career fair isn't just for business majors.
Sarah Staley, UI Alum 2016