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The CDC hosts two career fairs each year, one in October and one in February. The events are open to Caltech undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and recent alumni.
One-day event to connect job seekers with employers
Fall Career Fair
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Winter Career Fair
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
*Last check-in at 1:45pm
- Expand your knowledge about career options
- Explore different fields and career paths
- 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.
All Caltech undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and recent alumni. Juniors and seniors, you 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!
If you are interested in careers outside of academia, the Career Fairs are a great way at any time in your graduate training to learn more about your options. 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. Pursuing an internship for the summer after you get your degree is an option. Note that you would need to confer with your option/division/research advisor to determine if it is possible to take time off during the summer or academic term during your graduate work in order to do this.
How to Get the Most Out of Attending a Career Fair
Career fairs are a great chance 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. (And you should 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.)