The Career Center is pleased to host its first ever Management Trainee Fair on Wednesday, November 5, to connect employers with students from all majors seeking employment in management or acceptance into a management training program. The event will be held from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center.

“The Career Center is pleased to offer the Management Trainee Fair to students this year,” Career Center Director Stephen Cantine said. “Because of the quality of our academic programs at Illinois State and the outstanding out-of-the-classroom experiences we provide to our students, employers are seeking Illinois State talent for their management and manager trainee positions. Students seeking full-time employment should come to the fair and talk to employers to get an idea of opportunities that may be available to them, even if outside their field of study.”

Hiring isn’t always about what a student’s major is. According to Career Center Associate Director Mike Minton, it is often about the skill set a student has developed. “Illinois State students get involved in a number of co-curricular activities that help them develop the transferable skills they need to be successful. Often, these out-of-the classroom experiences help them showcase what they’ve learned, and also their ability to practically apply it on the job. Illinois State’s academic curriculum provides students with great educational experiences that foster critical thinking, an essential skill for anyone in management.  For students who have taken advantage of leadership opportunities on campus, a management position in their field or even in another industry may be a great fit for them – making this an ideal career fair to find a job.”

Fair preparation

Students can prepare for the event by taking advantage of the following events and resources:

  • Resume critiques will be held October 14, and October 15.  Resume critiques and mock interviews will be held October 10. All sessions will be held in the Career Center in 185 Student Services Building.
  • The Career Center’s Career Resource Guide, located on the Career Center website, gives tips on how to prepare for the fair, how to develop a 30-second pitch, and review sample interview questions.
  • The Career Center’s career fair video is located online.
  • Interview Stream, our online tool, allows you to practice your interview from your own computer, and select questions customized to your position or industry.

If you need special accommodations to participate, contact the Career Center at (309) 438-2200.