How to maximize your experience at a virtual career event

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the UF Warrington Business Career Services office to be creative in its career offerings. With Warrington Career Week set to take place from February 1-4, students will have an opportunity to hear from impactful companies and learn what it takes to earn an internship or full-time job. 

But how can students make sure they maximize their experience and get the most out of this event and others throughout the year? Jonathan Fowler, a CAP Mentor for undergraduate students, shared his four keys for students to have their best experience at upcoming virtual career events. 

  1. Keep an open mind! As business students, we’re not confined to one particular job field or industry. Each company and posting offers unique opportunities, and I find this comforting when trying to navigate virtual events. 
  2. Look out for emails from BCS. These emails highlight employers’ virtual information sessions and important dates leading up to Showcase and Heavener Career Week. Try to attend some of these sessions – I find myself always learning something new, and it can point you in new directions as far as career exploration. 
  3. Read up on companies ahead of time. Recruiters attend UF because generally, they love their jobs and companies and want to share that excitement with students. If you go into a virtual session with a basic understanding of the company and its values, you can ask better-informed questions and engage more in the presentations. Plus, it can alleviate some of your nerves.
  4. Know that we’re here for you! Virtual recruiting events can feel novel and unfamiliar, but we’re afforded incredible resources through BCS. Visiting a CAP Mentor is a good starting point. CAP Mentors have been through the recruiting process themselves, and we want to help you succeed!