College Fairs

So, college fairs…not exactly a topic I really find all that interesting, but I thought I’d get it out of the way. These events that usually take place at high schools, so if you missed out on it them, then I’m sorry. You’re ¬†going to need to find yourself a time machine or something.

Not really.

If you’re not already in college and are looking for a way to network with different colleges, then you may want to do some research and find any college fairs that may be taking place in your area. They’re a great way to connect with people from colleges of your interest. So what should you do while you’re there?

First of all, you’ll want to come prepared. If you know of any the colleges that will be there, have a few questions ready for them as you arrive at each booth. You’ll also want to look professional, and although a suit would be ideal in any situation, any formal attire would suffice. As long as you’re not walking through there with a tee shirt, shorts, and flip flops, you’ll be good.

Take advantage of any seminars they may be holding. Bring a notebook with you to jot down notes. Do the same when you’re going from booth to booth, asking questions and recording their responses. Bring a bag with you to put brochures or any other material they hand you into. And finally, ask for business cards and follow up with any contacts you make a few days later via email.

So there you have it. College fairs aren’t much different from job fairs, or any other conference you may go to. If anything, knowing how to approach this prepares you for any other events that you may go to later on down the road.