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Businesses gather for career fair put on by Career Services

Published 9/21/17

Trista Vaughn

TNE Writer

NSU students have a chance to explore job opportunities that include local and national employers at the college’s annual career fair.

 “Each year Career Services offices puts on two career fairs,” said Sarah Tilley, career events specialist. “This will be our 27th year to host the event at NSU. If you have never been to the career fair, I encourage everyone to go. You can expect to network with multiple employers around the Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas area.”

This event is for students who are seeking a full-time job, internship or graduate school. However, any student that is not looking for these particular things are also invited.

“Students and alumni should come to the career fair to expand their network, work on professional socialization, gain confidence in themselves and hopefully find a great career, internship or graduate school,” said Kathryn White, Career Services intern.

 Representatives will answer questions about degree programs offered at different schools for graduate students, such as education, government/public administration, healthcare, nonprofit/philanthropy, psychology and travel & tourism just to name a few.

“I have never been to the career fair until last year, and I was surprised how many business and schools were involved with this event,” said Sarah Loy, Kellyville senior. “Some of the representatives that were at the career fair did not pertain to me, but it was nice to see students get intrigued by it. I am definitely coming to this year’s career fair.”

One of the key essentials for this event is networking. Students get to experience networking first hand at this event. Students can gain career opportunities with employers in their field.

“Hopefully they will learn the importance of networking,” said White. “Many students are afraid of the word and try to avoid it at all costs, but networking can play a valuable role in the success of someone's career. I hope that this event allows students to see that they do not need to be scared of networking and that employers are people just like them.”

Dressing business casual is very important at this event.

“I feel dressing business appropriate makes a good impression,” said Loy. “You want to make a good first impression on the employer or graduate school at this event because that is how they are going to remember you.”

Many businesses will attend for this year’s event.

“Around 50 organizations will be there, ranging from small businesses to large corporate-owned businesses and graduate schools,” said White.

To view the current list of businesses, internships and graduate schools, students can log in to their CareerLink account and click "Career Events" at the top of the page. The NSU Career Fair event will be listed to view the employers attending. 

Tilley recommends that students bring multiple resumes and business cards with them to the event. This will help when networking among different companies at the event.

The NSU Career Fair is from 3-5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4 in the University Center, second floor Herb Rozell Ballroom.

For more information about the career fair, call NSU Career Services at 918-444-3110 or 800-722-9614.

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