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CLDC to host ‘Career and Internship Fair Pre-Conference’ in advance of Sept. 26 Career and Internship Fair


This year, Ohio University’s Career and Leadership Development Center will hold a one-day preparation event for its biannual Career and Internship Fair. The Career and Internship Fair Pre-Conference will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Living Learning Center.

Free headshots and seven workshops will take place. Pizza will be provided for those in attendance.

The pre-conference provides students and alumni a unique opportunity to explore job and internship opportunities while networking with recruiters from throughout the country.

The CLDC’s fall Career and Internship Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Preceding each fair, students and alumni are encouraged to attend the free workshops to assure readiness for the fair while helping them excel in their career development and exploration.

The Career and Internship Fair Pre-Conference workshops include:

Check-In and Professional Headshots – 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in LLC 102 and 104. While checking in for the Pre-Conference, free professional headshots will be taken by a professional photographer.

The Handshake Before the Handshake– 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in LLC 102 and 104. Participants will learn about tools to research employers, connecting virtually with professionals and navigating the CLDC’s new career platform, Handshake.

All That and A Bag of Mints – 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in LLC 102 and 104. Participants will learn what they need to be successful at the fair and what they should bring that day.

Prepare Your Wear for the Fair – 11:30 a.m. to noon, in LLC 102 and 104. Participants will learn the meaning of professional dress and how to make what is in their closet, or the CLDC’s closet work. 

Frofessionalism – Noon to 12:30 p.m. in LLC 102 and 104. The session will focus on Natural Hair as it pertains to professionalism in the work-place. The session looks to empower and inform women of color on styles and tips for rocking natural hair for an interview. Hair styles and products to obtain the look will be highlighted.

Winner, Winner Interview Dinner – 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. in LLC 102 and 104. Tips in acing an interview meal will be provided over pizza.

The FOAM is Real (Fear of Awkward Moments) – 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in LLC 102 and 104. Participants will learn how to take their elevator pitch and turn it into an elevator conversation to avoid awkward moments.

Slide into their DMs (The Professional Way) – 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. in LLC 102 and 104. Participants will learn tools for connecting with employers after the fair and how to take the important connections you’ve made and turn them into lasting relationships.

Students may register for the Career and Internship Fair Pre-Conference at: https://ohio.joinhandshake.com/events/200596.

Visit the CLDC’s website for more information: https://www.ohio.edu/careerandleadership/.