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Six Facts About the Growth of Job Fairs on Campus

by Kiera Przygoda

The Center for Career Development hosts a wide selection jobs fairs to help students find jobs and internships. Over the past several years, the CCD has not only increased the number of job fairs but the number of students who attend. Check out some more interesting facts on job fairs and the CCD.

  1. The number of job fairs available to UT students continues to increase.

Career Services has gone from hosting 8 to 10 job fairs over the past three years, with student attendance growing from 4,274 (2015-16) to 5,816 (2017-2018).

  1. Jobs fairs have expanded their focus to certain majors and departments.

Some of the upcoming job fairs are geared toward Engineering and STEM, Supply Chain Management, Business, Government, and Agriculture jobs. Previous job fairs have provided job opportunities for students in majors like social work, psychology, sociology, and education.

  1. The Spring Job and Internship Fair is the largest job fair to date.

The university hosted 232 employers and just over 2,000 students at that event. A strong job market and the strength of UT’s academic programs have led to an increase in employer attendance at job fairs.

  1. Which college has the best turnout at job fairs?

Haslam College of Business students typically has the largest attendance rate at UT job fairs. While job fairs aren’t always a good match for all majors, more students could be taking advantage of the opportunities these events present.

  1. What is the next upcoming job fair on campus?

The reimagined Diversity and Inclusion Networking event will be on April 15 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Center for Career Development. This event will begin with an employer panel who will share information about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and followed by a networking session.

  1. Why is it important to attend job fairs?

Fairs are a great way for students to learn about industries and to find entry-level jobs or internships. Through job fairs, students make connections with future employers and expand their network.

For a full list of all upcoming job fairs, be sure to visit the Center for Career Development website.

The Center for Career Development is always happy to help students decide what fairs or events are most relevant for their career goals and to offer preparation on how to make the most of those events.

Kiera Przygoda is a junior at the University of Tennessee majoring in communication studies. She is the undergraduate public relations intern for the Office of Communication and Marketing. She has a passion for writing and media and a love for Disney. Kiera is also a student assistant at SEC Network and VFL Films.