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Do YOU want to make a difference? Education Career Fair 2011

By: Sara Ingram

Pulitzer Prize winning Columbia University professor Mark Van Doren said it best, “the art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery.” It takes a special individual to become a teacher, someone who just feels the need to share their knowledge, someone that it “just comes natural to.” If this sounds like you, you must attend the University Career Center Education Career Fair. This year’s Education Career Fair will be held on Friday, February 25th from 10:00am to 1:00pm in the Student Activity Center. The fair is free and open to the public. Each and every UNC Charlotte education major and student teacher is encouraged to attend! There will be recruiters from nearly 40 public school systems, charter schools, private schools, and child development centers from across North Carolina and the Southeast. Visit this page to see the complete list of employers that will be in attendance.     

Not an education major? Still interested in working with children and our local school systems? Come and meet the recruiters! Take a chance and use this Education Career Fair as an opportunity to explore career choices you might have never otherwise considered. There are many job opportunities within a school system, many that most students might not realize exist. You may find recruiters present looking to fill positions in teaching, school administration, counseling, nursing, and social work.  I would cut the rest of this paragraph since you’re talking about non-Education majors. 

When preparing for the Education Career Fair, take a moment to search the attending employer list (found at the link above) and choose who you are most interested in meeting. Click on your top choices and find what majors they are recruiting and what positions they are looking to fill. Do your research on each of these institutions so that on the day of the fair you are more than ready to impress them with your knowledge of their organization. Create and master your elevator speech, roughly a minute-long that will tell them who you are, what you do, and what you can bring to their organization. This preparation will show your initiative and motivation and help to convince them that you are an ideal candidate for their position. Make sure that you dress professionally; a suit is always the best choice! Check out our previous blog-“Professional Interview Attire” to find more details on how to dress professionally. Bring multiple copies of your resume to the fair and distribute them to the employers that interest you the most. Last but not least, don’t forget to ask for their information! Collecting contact information and business cards allows you to send a follow up “thank-you” email or note after speaking with potential employers. This is an important step in the career fair process, one you must not forget!

So, all of you future teachers out there, the students who are going to help shape our future, gather your things together and attend the UCC’s Education Career Fair! Feel free to stop by the UCC for drop-ins before the fair to get your resume critiqued and in tip-top shape for your job search. Good luck and we’ll see you there!

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