by Kelly Chavez, Professional Development Associate
Career immersion day offers students a great opportunity to look into different jobs at various companies relating to their majors. Since it is not a formal recruiting event, it is the perfect place to gain insight into the diversity of careers within an industry. Engaging with the employers and asking lots of questions can really help students decide what interests them and if a certain job is potentially a good match.
Networking is a word that gets mentioned frequently in the business world but if we really simplify it, it means talking to people. Immersion day is a great opportunity to practice those networking skills, talk to people, and get answers to your questions. Take advantage of having such a wide-variety of employers right in front of you. They have the knowledge to help; you’ve just got to ask the right questions!
Here are some questions to get the conversation started with the employers:
(Don’t forget to introduce yourself!)
- How did you get started with the company?
- How long have you been in your current position?
- What led you to this industry/job function/company?
- Are you alumni?
Some other great questions to learn more include:
- What advice do you have for a student looking to get into the field?
- What is your favorite part of your job?
- What is the most challenging part of your job?
- What can I do now to help me prepare for this type of job?
- What does a typical workday look like?
The more questions you can think of, the more beneficial the event will be to you. It is important to remain professional, but enjoy yourself. Think of it as an opportunity to conduct a group of informational interviews all in one day. The employers are on campus to be a resource for you, and they are a valuable one.
If you are interested in staying in contact with a certain employer, don’t be afraid to ask for a card or contact information and follow up with an e-mail. It’s always nice to reemphasize how much you enjoyed the conversation and thanking them again for their time. You’re representing yourself and the Eller College, so make sure to put your best foot forward. Like any business skill, networking takes practice so take advantage of the opportunity to improve your skills.
In conclusion, make sure to have some questions ready, have a great time, and learn as much as you can!