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Career fair allows students to explore options after graduation

Oklahoma Christian University’s Career Services is helping students get to work with a career fair this Friday, Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

“It gives students a chance to connect and network, practice their networking skills with professionals and be able to look into possible careers for their future,” Career Services Director Candace Owens said. “There are going to be employers there that are hiring for internships as well as full-time positions for our graduating seniors.”

According to senior Sean Bolin, students not from the Oklahoma City area are able to meet professionals from around the area in a stress-free environment.

“It is a great chance to meet companies from the Oklahoma City area,” Bolin said. “It is not too fast paced and relaxed, and a lot less crowded now that they moved it to the conservatory.”

Many different fields of study will be present including engineering, science, business, Bible and liberal arts.

“I know that in the past, it has been engineering and business heavy,” Owens said. “We are trying to change that and that is going to be a process. However, we have been moving in the director of getting more disciplines at the career fair. We have something for everyone.”

According to Bolin, students should make the most of the career fair by talking to all the people they can.

“It is still a fantastic idea to get a feel for what different companies have to offer,” Bolin said. “Look at the list of companies that are coming beforehand and research them so you know for sure what companies booths you want to hit up if you might be crunched for time.”

Owens said students can log in to Eagles at Work, the online job board, to see a list of employers that will be at the career fair to optimize their time networking.

“Narrow down employers you are interested in and what they are hiring for,” Owens said. “It makes your visit to the career fair more purposeful. You are actually honing in on the employers you are actually interested in and can build relationships with.”

According to Bolin, students should be prepared whenever they attend the career fair.

“Look sharp, dress to impress, bring your resume with multiple copies and a folder to keep all of the business cards and informational brochures that the companies may be handing out,” Bolin said.

Students can log into Eagles at Work through MyOC for more information or to pre-register.

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