By: Baylie McClafferty
Amidst this ongoing pandemic, students are having trouble getting their foot into the workforce door. The lack of in-person events and job availability makes it difficult to get plugged into different career industries.
Samford has been trying its best to give students and alumni opportunities to get plugged in, specifically by hosting its upcoming Virtual Job and Internship Fair.
On Feb. 25 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the Samford Career Development Center will host the virtual fair for Samford alumni and students to attend.
Many students express concerns about virtual events, but the Samford team has put a lot of time and effort into making the Job and Internship Fair worth it.
This event will be presented on Career Fair Plus, which is a platform containing both an app and web version of the fair. The staff at the Samford Career Development Center want to make this event as accessible and beneficial as possible for all attendees.
Students will have the ability to see a long list of employers, filter the employers by industry and even schedule appointments ahead of time if employers have that option.
The Career Fair Plus app is very user friendly and allows students to favorite employers, favorite jobs and easily access their schedules for the day. The web version allows for video chatting from a computer as well.
Additionally, on the Samford “Virtual Job and Internship Fair” events page, there is a link where students can view which employers have a “drop in” booth where they will not need an appointment, and which employers will need an appointment scheduled to meet.
“We have more than 50 employers from a wide-variety of sectors looking to hire Samford students for full-time, part-time, or summer jobs, as well as internships. Positions range from camp counselor to pharmacists, so we want students to understand the importance of taking advantage of this opportunity,” Director of the Career Development Center Dora Ditchfield said.
The career fair will provide connections for participants to make with potential employers, while also preparing them for their future plans and encouraging them to explore their future careers.
To be prepared, attendees should have an updated resume, a professional outfit picked out and the “Career Fair Plus” app downloaded.
Additionally, there will be a workshop on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 10 a.m, to practice for the fair.
Any additional information regarding this event could be obtained by calling the Career Development Center office at 205-726-2980 or emailing their office.