By Kate Smith
Do you have questions about your future? Where will you work, what industries appeal to you? You should head to a careers expo!
Australia wide and throughout the year there are Career and Employment Expos. They’re the one stop shop for you to find out what is out there. Here are the four main reasons why you should consider attending a Careers Expo:
1) Determine your next move
If you know you need to make a change, but you’re not sure what it is, a Career Expo could be a good start. There are a range of organisations and Career Councillors to talk to who can provide you with information. Share your thoughts and work together to determine what career path suits you. Talk to other attendees for inspiration.
If you know what you want to do, a Careers Expo may enable you to determine how to get there. You can get career advice; learn about employment opportunities, and further education.
2) Gather information
Many companies are represented at Careers Expo’s. Therefore there are plenty of people to talk to across a range of industries. Find out exactly what you want to know, get knowledge about a company and what they offer beyond what is on their website. Collect brochures to review later.
Perhaps some further study is appropriate. Visit the universities, TAFE’s and private education providers present at the Expo. Speak to their representatives; they are there to ensure you are well informed of their programs (both recruitment and/or education) and to help you make the right decision as you pursue your career. Keep in mind that sometimes the process of elimination helps!
Attend the free seminars if they’re available, they may provide career advice, job seeking tips and further background to organisations.
3) Get a job
There are often large corporate organisations at Career Expos who are looking to recruit new employees. Ensure you have a copy of your resume (and remember that you may be asked to apply online), present yourself well and make professional enquires about what the position is and what the company has to offer you. You can normally view a list of companies in attendance on the Career Expo website before the event, review this list, and research the companies that appeal to you before speaking with them.
There is great value in meeting people who are pursuing the same career as you, and those already entrenched in similar roles. Be ready to provide your contact details to foster a relationship. Use the Expo, and the people you meet, to gather any information that might assist you in achieving your career goals.
Have you been to a Careers Expo? What did you get out of it? We’d love to hear from you.