Students / Postdocs / Alumni
Fall Career Fair: October 15, 2019
The Career Development Center hosts two career fairs each year, one in October and one in January. These are one-day events to connect job seekers with employers.
All Caltech undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars (including JPL postdocs), and alumni are invited to participate. Juniors and seniors, are especially encouraged to attend!
Career Fairs are the best opportunity to make connections with recruiters who make hiring decisions. Many firms have summer internships that are a first step to employment in the firm. This is a unique opportunity for you to talk with recruiters face to face and ask questions about their companies and the positions they have available. Come impress the recruiters with your intelligence, experience and inquisitiveness!
Fall Career Fair
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm*
Winter Career Fair
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
10:00 am - 2:00 pm*
*Last check-in at 1:45pm
- Expand your knowledge about career options
- Explore different fields and career paths
- Get work experience in the form of summer internships
- Meet and talk to representatives from a wide range of industries
- Gain valuable interview experience and job search advice from seasoned professionals
- Find out about available positions and submit your resume in person to company recruiters
- Develop your network of contacts
- Many companies will also have a technical staff member, researcher or scientist present (some may be CIT alums), affording students the opportunity to gain insight into company-related research endeavors
How to Get the Most Out of Attending a Career Fair
Career fairs provide a great opportunity to network with employers and learn about potential jobs and internships. The Caltech Career Development Center holds career fairs on campus every fall and winter. You should also be on the lookout for other industry specific fairs in the Los Angeles or other metro areas that you want to relocate to. Industry blogs are one source of these events.
- Research! Find out which employers will be attending, who is hiring and what they are hiring for.
- Dress appropriately.
- Bring multiple copies of your resume.
- Create your elevator pitch.
- Navigate strategically. Determine which employers you most want to speak with and go there first.
- Approach employers with a firm handshake, smile, and make eye contact. Ask for a business card at the end of your conversation, and take notes about anything you have learned.
- Send thank-you notes to the recruiters of the companies you were most interested in within a few days.
- Continue informational interviewing, while also checking job and internship listings on Handshake.
- Visit the Career Development Center with any questions.
If you are interested in careers outside of academia, the Career Fair is a great way to learn more about your options (at any point in your graduate training.)
It is never too early to start networking with employers. Even if you are not looking for employment at this time, you can still ask recruiters questions about the company, learn tips about their hiring process, find out about their employment opportunities and benefits, and get a sense if such positions are appealing to you. You have spent many years on your graduate education and the more exploring you do, the easier it will be to find something that suits your skills and interests.
You can also use this opportunity to ask about internships. Please confer with your option/division/research advisor to determine if it is possible to take time off (in the summer or academic year) during your graduate work in order to accept an internship.