The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus will be overflowing with employers and job candidates on Wednesday, March 7, for Career Fair on the Fox.
The biannual event, held at the Kolf Sports Center, is the largest one-day career fair in Wisconsin, said Jaime Page-Stadler, director of UWO Career Services.
At the Career Fair, 700 to 900 students from all majors will connect with more than 150 employers to learn about full- and part-time positions, internships, co-ops, practicums, volunteering and networking opportunities. They can explore educational opportunities available through technical, undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.
Page-Stadler said she encourages all students, not just graduating seniors, to attend the Career Fair to become familiar with the process and to hone their professional communication skills.
Much has changed in Career Services since Page-Stadler joined the office 15 years ago. Back then, the primary focus was on assisting students with developing their resumes. Today, the array of offered services has grown to include mock interviews, dining with professionals, networking events, a Career Closet and more.
“We can’t prepare them for everything, but we try,” she said. “We have transitioned to assisting students with more career and professional development skills. We have to teach students how to find their fit within an organization.”
With employers relying more on technology to screen applicants, students don’t have the opportunity to get as much in-person feedback. That’s where mock interviews and Career Fairs come into play, allowing students to test their personal pitches and communication skills.
As personal branding and a presence on social media have become more important in job hunting, Page-Stadler said teaching students the “art of storytelling” is key to their professional development.
Along with communication skills, today’s students also need to develop their problem-solving abilities. As technology continues to impact the work world, graduates must be able to adapt and change.