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Career Services offers tips for students to make most of Graduate and Professional School Fair

September 30, 2010

NIU Career ServicesCareer Services is in full swing with a number of opportunities for students to pursue the next steps in their futures.

The Graduate and Professional School Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5 in the Holmes Student Center. Relieving anxiety is one of the areas where these professionals can assist.

A number of suggestions have been developed for students to utilize.

“This is about coaching students on how to approach representatives at the GPS Fair,” said Barbara Fouts, assistant director in Career Services.

Before Approaching School Representatives

  • Take time to review the list of represented schools and programs. Allow enough time to meet with as many representatives as possible.  
  • Rank the schools according to your preference. (Visit the schools you are most interested in first.)
  • Identify questions to ask the representatives. (Sample questions will be available in literature at the fair).

Speaking with School Representatives  

  • Introduce yourself with confidence.  Make good eye contact. Offer a firm handshake.
  • Relax and be yourself.
  • Tell each representative about your academic and career interests.
  • Ask questions. Take notes. 
  • Collect materials related to program of interest and information about services for prospective students.
  • Thank representatives for their time and ask for a business card.

 After Speaking with School Representatives

  • Review the printed materials, DVDs, your notes, and other resources collected at the fair. Look for additional information about the degree programs on school websites.
  • Use business card(s) to ask for assistance in connecting with key people (advisers, faculty) who may help you learn more about your areas of interest.
  • Schedule an on-campus visit.
  • Attend the Internship Fair (Oct. 6) and the Job Fair (Oct. 20) to further explore options.