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New virtual career fairs

While the academic year has just begun, some students are already thinking about their career plans.

In response to physical distancing requirements and the remote job search environment due to COVID-19, Career Services has transformed opportunities for students and employers to connect this fall.

The university’s annual Career Fair will be held online on Wednesday, September 23, and since fully remote events are a new way for students and employers to interact, Career Services has developed Career Fair Prep workshops to help students plan for the online environment.

“Many employers are keen and ready to meet with students online, and we are excited to facilitate connections through our online events this year,” says Cathy Keates, Director, Career Services and Experiential Learning.

In addition to the Career Fair, there will be a Further Education Expo on September 29, the annual Engineering and Technology Fair on October 6 & 7, and many employer information sessions, all of which are listed and accessible through the MyCareer portal.

The Career Fair will also include an online launch of the third in a series of made-for-Queen’s job search resources. This year’s Queen’s Best Interviews includes examples of answers – with analysis - to common questions, as well as interview scenarios and strategies for remote situations. Students can also access the popular first two publications, Queen’s Best Resumes and Queen’s Best Cover Letters, which include a range of resumes and cover letters from Queen’s students and alumni, and highlights of key success strategies.

Herman Kaur, M.Eng ’19, who attended a past career fair, says  “I am very excited to know that the Career Fair is going virtual this year. The Fair is a great opportunity to interact with hiring managers. I received great advice and gained insights about the companies I wanted to apply to. I am now employed as a Technical Project Manager (something that I really wanted to do) and am totally loving this role."

For more information about the Career Fair and other online employer activities this fall, check out the Career Services event calendar