If your only access to the outside world is Washington State University’s Twitter page, you would not have been aware of the Sport Management Career Fair that took place last Friday, March 31st. As I noted on my Twitter page the Sport Management Career Fair certainly could have been better advertised by the university as a whole to its students. If you were lucky enough to check in on the Washington State University Sport Management Facebook page however, you would have been alerted as to the happening of the career fair.
Whichever way you slice it, it is not the end of the world if you were busy doing something else last Friday afternoon when many Washington State University Sport Management students were exploring career opportunities. While the career fair may seem like the be-all-end-all when you are a senior in college and facing the rest of your professional life, there are different qualities potential employers are seeking other than showing up at a one day event. Not that it hurts an individual’s chances to attend an event such as the Sport Management career fair; there are certainly advantages to both potential employees and employers.
I suppose what I am arguing is that a student should not put too much weight, emphasis, or stress on the importance of a college career fair. The chances are that the first job you get won’t be the last one or even close so you will have numerous opportunities to explore various career options in the future. The most important thing to take away from these career fairs is practice; practice interviewing, networking, meeting professionals in different fields of work, and selling yourself. By selling yourself I am referring to being able to give a succinct, formal elevator pitch, which we did in class. The point of career fairs is not to find a career, though they may help; it is to find out what your identity is in a professional environment and to help you hone that personality.