A Student Perspective
Sometimes the thought of choosing a career is scary. Attending a career showcase is important for all students no matter what year of study they are in. At any age, it helps prepare students, giving them confidence needed when applying for jobs and internships. My advisor always says, “You don’t want your first time at career showcase to be when you need a job.”
I went to a career showcase for the first time in the spring of my freshman year. I was so nervous and had no idea what to wear. So, my friend and I showed up in what we thought was business attire, and were immediately overwhelmed by the number of people and lines at the O’Connell Center. We grabbed a map and began wandering around with no plan. We waited in line at Exxon and Frito-Lay to talk to the recruiters. They both said that they were happy that we started going to career showcase freshman year because it showed that we cared and that we wanted to learn about their companies for when it was time for us to graduate and find jobs.
Career Showcase this semester is January 21 and 22, 2020, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, in the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. The non-technical day is scheduled for January 21st and the technical day on January 22nd. The non-technical day is for all majors from the business school, liberal arts, journalism, etc. The technical day is for students majoring in computer science, engineering, and other technical fields.
In order to best prepare for this event, the university holds many events to make every student feel prepared. The Career Connections Center located in the Reitz holds seminars to teach the students how to navigate the event. There is a resume building seminar, a Networking Tips workshop, and Career Conversation which teaches how to talk to the people interviewing at career showcase, what to wear, etc. (For details on dates and time go to the crc.ufl.edu)
The University of Florida offers students professional clothes for rent through the Gator Career Closet so that students can look their best when interviewing for these jobs. They also offer free professional headshots taken by a student volunteer during the fall semester. The photos are taken in the Molm Family Gator Career Closet lobby on the ground floor. Read our blog Dress for Success for suggestions on what to wear and to see which retailers offer student discounts. You can also check the Thrift Stores in town.
The best way to prepare for the showcase is to go online in advance to plan out which companies you want to speak with. Check the map for their location because there are long lines and it is very stressful to navigate through the event. For information on which companies will be in attendance, use Gator CareerLink.
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