How to decide what career events to attend and opportunities to pursue

There are many different opportunities out there – recruiting events, employer sessions, internship programs, full-time openings, etc. But how do you know which to pursue? Does it matter?

Simple answer – yes, it does matter. Employers want to connect with the most relevant candidates who are serious about their opportunities and, on the flip side, you want to invest your time into opportunities that can viably open doors. 

Before registering for a career event or applying for a role, ask yourself these questions to assess whether or not it’s a relevant opportunity:

  • Do I match what they are seeking? – If they are hiring roles for MBA candidates and you are an undergraduate student, this will not be a match made in heaven. 
  • Am I serious about this company? – This is where it’s important to know WHO you are applying to work for by doing your research
  • What roles does the company offer? (currently open or in general)
  • Does the role(s) promoted align with my career aspirations? Would this be a step in the right direction? 
  • Is this an industry I am interested in pursuing? – If you want to work in the retail industry, maybe a role with a company in aerospace defense isn’t the best opportunity for you
  • Does the function/duties match what I am wanting to do?
  • What do I want to learn, and will this help me learn it?

After answering these questions, see how the opportunity aligns overall with your career aspirations.

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