The College of Charleston Career Center will host a series of online career fairs this semester to help students find jobs and internships. The five fairs are geared toward specific industries and majors in an effort to better match employers and job seekers.
In partnership with the Handshake platform, these virtual job fairs will allow students looking for full-time or part-time jobs, internships or research opportunities to have one-on-one meetings with potential employers. Registration for the career fairs is required. Students can register for the events on the Handshake platform, which is found under the “Student Services” tab in MyCharleston.
The five career fairs are:
- Science, Engineering & Technology Career Fair – Sept. 22
- Business Internship & Career Expo: Connecting Talent to Opportunity – Sept. 30
- Government, Non-Profit & Social Justice Career & Opportunities Fair – Oct. 6
- Marketing, Communications & Creative Industries Career & Networking Fair – Oct. 14
- Graduate Programs & Professional Schools Fair – Oct. 22
Jim Allison, executive director of the College’s Career Center, says unlike larger, traditional job fairs that bring in a wide variety of businesses, these events will take more of a boutique-style approach. Around 15-25 businesses will participate in each session, which will be targeted for the particular students attending the specific career fair.
Allison says students realize their careers and internship experiences cannot be placed on hold because of the pandemic. Career Center staff has seen a big increase in the number of students visiting the College’s virtual career center in the past few months for career counseling and other assistance via Zoom, phone and email.
“Everyone is struggling with the current market and trying to figure out what to do and how to do it,” says Allison. “I think that students are starting to notice that they cannot wait until their senior year to begin their job search.”
For more information about the Career Center, its services and upcoming events visit the Career Center website.