Career Fair Aftermath

Filed in Career Fair by on September 17, 2010

So I was actually pleasantly surprised by how well this Career Fair went for me. I’ve felt like in the past you’d talk to a company and they’d all have the same speech “I guess I can take your resume, but apply online and keep checking out website” and that was it.

But this time seemed different. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a senior, or if companies just had more opportunites this year. The other neat thing was that I actually got to meet HR people I had previously been in contact with about internship opportunities at various companies. Two recognized my name and seemed happy that I am very interested in their company and had looked into opportunities there in the past.

The only downside to the Career Fair, in my mind, was that a lot of the bigger companies only seemed to be recruiting for their rotational programs. Now, don’t get me wrong, these programs sound really cool. They give you the chance to try out multiple new areas, explore different aspects of a company, and they usually put you on a great career tack. However, for whatever reason I’m just not in that mindset. I just want to find a job that I really like, get an apartment and stay there. I’d love to travel around the US at some point, but I don’t think I want to move to different areas every few months. I love Boston and New England and really like the idea of being near my friends and family. I just hope I’m still in this mindset in the spring and don’t regret not applying for these opportunities.

That being said, I did find a number of companies I ended up really loving. At first I thought a few of them were only going to be an okay fit for me, but once I started talking to the recruiters I realized their jobs were a lot closer to what I wanted. And, the good thing about having an internship this summer is that I definitely learned a lot more about what I want in a company so I knew what questions I should ask.

So now that the Career Fair is over it’s time to follow up. I have a lot of applying/emailing to do if I actually want a shot at these opportunities. I’m not exactly thrilled about having all of this added to my plate in the middle of midterms, but I know that by come winter or spring I’m going to be really glad I did. I really hope one of these leads works out! 🙂

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Hi everyone! My name is Kelly and I'm from Andover, MA. I'm a senior in Mechanical Engineering, and it's my second year as a Peer Advisor for WPI's Career Development Center. I'm also in one of the sororities on campus, Phi Sigma Sigma, and a part of EPICS (Engineering Projects In Community Service). I'm going to be keeping you updated on my senior year and what I'm doing to figure out my life after college (jobs, grad school, etc). Enjoy!

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