With record attendance at the fall career and internship fair, UNLV Career Services & Workforce Development plans more engagement opportunities for students.
Nearly 1,400 students and recent graduates streamed into the Thomas & Mack Center on Oct. 11 for the career and internship fair. (Photos by Claire Hart/UNLV)
Nearly 1,400 students and recent graduates streamed into the Thomas & Mack Center in October, resumes in hand, ready to meet more than 200 employers with open positions in a wide variety of industries.
Of those, 267 students had taken advantage of Prepare for the Fair events, including resume reviews and advice from industry leaders on everything from elevator pitches to LinkedIn profiles. Employers who answered an anonymous survey after the fair said they were pleased with students’ professional readiness.
“This event just keeps getting better. The students we met were dressed for success and prepared to have meaningful conversations,” said one employer representative.
Taeya Foster, college relations partner with MGM Resorts International, helped review dozens of resumes the week before the fair to help students feel more at ease approaching employer booths. “Resumes are the most important component in applying for opportunities because they are essentially the key that opens the door for an interview. Helping students get one step closer to a job or internship opportunity warms my heart and I’m sure attending the prep workshops eased students’ anxiety,” she said.
The high attendance and return to in-person fairs shows promise for UNLV students and upcoming graduates. According to the National Alumni Career Mobility survey conducted with alumni 10 years post graduation, meeting face to face with employer representatives early and often in one’s undergraduate experience is one of the key drivers of future work satisfaction, engagement and career advancement.