Virtual Career Fairs Bring Students and Employers Together
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses and caused an increase in unemployment rates globally. Although current events have led to a certain level of uncertainty, especially regarding governmental regulations and efforts to contain COVID-19, companies need to be prepared for the future.
One of SDSU Georgia’s goals in hosting virtual Career Fairs was to demonstrate to employers that they can continue to hire new employees during this time, employees who can bring new ideas and resources to their organizations. Many of our students study in programs which can easily translate to working remotely within an organization, like Computer Science.
Career Fairs typically take place in a face-to-face setting, where students can meet potential employers, learn more about the organizations, and even interview on the spot. With the government regulations regarding in-person meetings, the event was moved to a virtual medium.
As of now, SDSU Georgia has hosted two virtual Career Fairs. The first took place over April 23-24 and the second occurred on October 22-23, 2020. In addition to being allocated two hour periods on an organization’s chosen day to conduct interviews with interested students, participating companies were also invited to post their vacancies, internships, and advertisements on our Career Website, free of charge.
In total, 18 companies participated in the first event and 27 companies joined the second. At both Career Fairs, over 100 interviews were conducted over the two day periods. Some of the students received offers and started working immediately after the Career Fair was completed. Additional follow-up interviews will also be conducted where needed.