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UMass Lowell to host annual Fall Career Fair

(Photo Courtesy of UMass Lowell) “A distant shot of the UMass Lowell Spring Career Fair back in March of 2022.”

Jordan Harrington
Connector Editor

On October 13th, UMass Lowell will host its annual Fall Career Fair in the Tsongas Center from 4-7 p.m. In the past, the Fall Career Fair has been a wonderful opportunity for students to get into contact with industry leaders and employers who may be looking for candidates for internships, co-ops and more. This trend will continue this year as well with a lineup of countless companies arriving to the Tsongas this Thursday.

A few of the companies appearing are Amazon, Bose, Dell Technologies, the FBI, Lowell Public Schools, NASA, Raytheon and well over a hundred more if numbers are of any concern. The complete list of employers coming to the event as well as their respective booth numbers is viewable on Handshake.

Jim McGonigle, the assistant director of employer relations at UMass Lowell, said, “This is our strongest list of companies and organizations I have seen in my time.” McGonigle stresses the importance of students—especially juniors and seniors—to come to the career fair and interact with potential employers.

However, every student coming to the Fall Career Fair on Thursday should make sure they are properly prepared for the event and employers. On the UMass Lowell website there are helpful career fair tips that can help students get started. When it comes to something you should not do, McGonigle said, “Don’t go up to a booth without some information about the organization, you should do your research on them in advance.”

Thankfully, as previously mentioned, the complete list of employers is available to look at on Handshake which even shows the specific majors desired, employment type and jobs they have posted directly.

Students of all years are welcome and encouraged to attend. The event is a great chance to interact with employers in a professional setting, gain insight into what students may be able to do with their major, build confidence and more.

“I understand a student going to an event of this magnitude can be extremely nerve-wracking, but we have staff there that can provide support,” says McGonigle. The incentive to come to the Fall Career Fair at the very least is the experience it can provide for the future. It may be something as simple as being more prepared and more confident in the future but may also help in figuring out what classes would be helpful to take in the future.

For juniors and seniors McGonigle says, “This is an opportunity to branch out and speak with employers who could potentially hire you.”

UMass Lowell’s Career & Co-Op Center is a great tool for students who may want some advice on the resumes they plan to bring to the Fall Career Fair, among other things such as career related advice. The Fall Career Fair is the second career fair of the fall semester to take place at UMass Lowell and is set to take place this Thursday, October 13th, at UMass Lowell’s Tsongas Center from 4-7 p.m.

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