How to prepare for life after college

Students thinking about possible internship opportunities or a job after graduation should consider attending Susquehanna’s Employment and Internship Fair on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Garrett Sports Complex.

The fair is open to students of all years and majors seeking part-time or full-time employment, or an internship in the fall, spring or summer, said Keesha Moore, the employer relations coordinator in the Career Development Center.

There will be between 30 to 40 employers represented from various fields, including business, education, healthcare, government, nonprofit and more.

There will also be an opportunity for students to have a professional portrait taken in the Apple Community Room in the Garrett Sports Complex.

Employers will come from local areas as well as major cities, including Washington, D.C, and New York. Business attire is advised for the event. Students should also bring a current résumé.

“Prepare a great elevator pitch,” Moore said. “Because first impressions are lasting impressions.”

The fair is a great opportunity for students at all points in their careers to practice their networking skills.

“It is important for students to network because outside of their qualifications and what is written on their résumé, it allows them to create an impression and build relationships with future employers or someone who could potentially have an influence on their future employment,” Moore said.

The Employment and Internship Fair first began at Susquehanna in 2011, according to Moore, and the entire Career Development Center works to ensure the its success. The majority of planning for this year’s event began in June, but working with employers is an ongoing process that occurs throughout the year. One such employer, Todd Beasley of Thrivent Financial, will be attending this year’s fair.

“I’m hoping to find some students that are interested in possibly becoming financial advisors,” Beasley said. “It’s a tough career, so when people stop by my booth I try to be realistic with them. Not a lot of college students are thinking about starting their own business right out of school.”

In fact, students might find they have an advantage entering certain job markets at the start of their careers.

“A lot of our representatives have been with us for a while, so we need youth,” said Beasley, who is looking for a few “diamonds in the rough” who have the unique skills required for entrepreneurship.

“[College students] don’t have a lot of life experience yet. Some people just aren’t mature enough to start their own business. I’m looking for [students] that have very good networking skills, know a lot of people and have that go-getter attitude and drive,” he said.

Regardless of career plans, students can gain valuable experience from attending the fair and talking to a variety of employers.

“This is an opportunity for kids to practice communication skills and see what employers are looking for, to be able to branch out and look at some things maybe you’re not as interested in, but to hone in on the skills,” Beasley said.