Thursday there were quite a few Luther students walking around dressed in office garb. I was one of those students. The reason for our drastic changes in appearances… the Fall Career Fair.
It was my first Career Fair ever. In fact it was probably the first time I had ever stood and talked with potential employers. It was nerve-racking.
The experience itself turned out to be not so stressful though. All that mattered was that you went up and started talking. Most of the people representing various companies were very interested in talking to you and offered all kinds of information. They weren’t scary. In most cases they were even just a few years off from being students themselves. We were able to chat in a non-stressful environment.
The Career Fair was also really helpful for just getting things moving in my career search. I’m doubtful at this point that any of the employers that I talked to will be mine in the near future, my preparations for the career fair will be extremely helpful in the continuation of my search for a job.
The main reason for this is that I actually had to sit down and fully pull my resume together.
I’m embarrassed to admit that on entering my senior year I didn’t even know what to put on a resume. I had never taken the time to think about it. When all of a sudden I began to receive emails from the Career Center about resumes and started hearing my friends talk about them I seriously felt like I had just been beamed in from Mars. How had I missed that a senior was supposed to have one of these? How did that skip my awareness?
In my preparation for the Career Fair I sat down and fully created my first ever resume. It was grand. Then I took advantage of the great services at the Career Center and had someone look through it. There was a great sense of accomplishment that came over me with this achievement. I printed it out, held it in my hand and was satisfied in the fact that I did have somethings to offer to future employers.
It was also just exciting to go to the Career Fair and be able to hand my resume over to various employers. Some even seemed impressed with various things. If anything this made me less stressed out about my future. I do have skills and I will find a job. It’s only a matter of time.
It’s got to be one of the best things about Luther. Not only has Luther provided me with the learning and experiences that I need for life after Luther, but it has also helped me piece it all together in a way that is understandable to future employers.
After the Career Fair, although daunting to begin with, I now feel more prepared to go out and seek out what I want. I have the resume, I have the dreams and now over the next few months, I’m going to work to turn those dreams into a reality. With Luther College’s help I know that I’ll be able to accomplish this.
Cheer ladies and gents