All students are invited to Career Week, which spans the week of Oct. 5-8, according to the BYU-Idaho Career Week Web page.
Career Week is a week of events starting with the Resume Café on Oct. 5 and 6, and the Mock Interview Marathon on Oct. 7 will all culminate to the Career Fair held Thursday, Oct. 8, in the BYU-Idaho Center basketball courts from 10 a.m. to 3p.m.
“Career week is designed to really get the students here at BYU-Idaho excited about becoming something, about finding out exactly what they want to do and how to present them,” said James Crook, a sophomore studying business management. “It’s about how to explain their value to employers. We’re trying to help students explain themselves.”
Crook said Career week starts with the Resume Café where students bring in their resumes, and career mentors will help them edit and format their work to be what employers are looking for.
The Resume Café is followed by the Mock Interview Marathon, Crook said.
“In the Mock Interview Marathon, students come by the Career Networking Center — it’s a drop-in appointment,” Crook said. “We do short 15-minute mock interview sessions. We’ll teach problem, solution and result. Basically, we say there’s a problem in the company, here’s the solutions that I presented and here’s the result.”
All of these events lead up to the Career Fair, Crook said.
“All the skills we teach during the week culminate in the Career Fair where students get to meet with prospective employers,” Cook said.
The Career Fair is an event that a broad number of companies and colleges from across the nation attend. Each are looking for students to bring in for internships, grad programs and some companies are even looking to hire,” said Will Gierke, the marketing events coordinator for BYU-I and a BYU-I alumnus.
The Career Fair is intended for all students whether they be freshmen sophomores juniors or seniors, Gierke said.
“Going to the Career Fair is one of the vital things that they need to do as a student to get familiar with the companies, even as younger students just to meet people and learn how to do a career fair and to see the companies that are out in the world,” Gierke said. “For students who are later on in their education, they need to come so they can make those contacts that they definitely want to have.”
The Career Fair was a helpful experience, said Zach Miller, a freshman studying automotive engineering.
“I went my first semester and was pretty astonished by all the companies that were there,” Miller said. “It was a great experience seeing how many companies were there looking for great students from our school.”
Even though some companies are only looking for seniors to fill internship posistions it was still really good to go as a freshaman, Miller said.
All week and at the Career Fair, career mentors will be there to assist with interviews, resumes and answer questions at the fair, Crook said.
“The career mentors during career week all come together and conduct interviews, edit resumes and during The Career Fair we’ll have a booth where we’ll give out more information,” Crook said.
Having this job and being involved in things like Career Week and the Career Networking Center will help arm students with the skills they need and that employers are looking for in new recruits, Crook said.
Having interview skills, having resume abilities, will really prepare students to know how to present themselves to companies in such a way that employers will be able to see their value and understand how they could contribute to the company, Crook said.