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Career and Professional Success

Fairs and Events

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) reports that more than 95 percent of employers and recruiters use career fairs to recruit candidates for internships, co-ops, project-based learning experiences, and jobs, making such events vital to connecting students and graduates with opportunities. Below, find a selection of upcoming, Butler-produced events.

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Important Dates for 2021–2022

We are currently building our calendar of events for the upcoming school year. Following Butler's latest coronavirus and COVID-19 directives, we plan to have a mix of in-person and virtual events (possibly hybrid, although as other schools are finding out, this can be difficult to pull off inclusivity-wise).

To ensure you're seeing the most up-to-date information, please look for Butler events on Handshake, our career advising and employment portal.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarWednesday, August 25, 2021 — First Day of Fall Classes

 

Get Hired! Part-Time Job Fair

Thursday, August 26
3:00–4:30 PM EDT
In-person on Butler University campus (Reilly Room, Atherton Union)

Hosted by Butler University Human Resources, the 2021 Get Hired! Part-time Job Fair is an opportunity for students of all majors and grade levels to learn about and apply to job opportunities both from around campus and at Federal Work Study sites in the community. Please email any questions to the Get Hired! Fair coordinator, Lorraine Vavul.

Students—register for Get Hired! Fair on Handshake.
Employers—please email the Get Hired! Fair coordinator, Lorraine Vavul, to request attendance

 

Butler University Fall Business Career Fair

Wednesday, September 8
5:30–7:30 PM EDT
In-person on Butler University campus (Business Building Atrium)

At this fair, employers can connect with students looking for business-focused internships and jobs. Open to all Butler students from all majors. Invite-only for employers. Please email any questions to the Business Fair coordinator, Lori Coe.

Students—register for Butler University Fall Business Career Fair on Handshake.
Employers—please email the Butler University Fall Business Career Fair coordinator, Lori Coe, to request attendance.

 

Meet the Firms Night

Tuesday, September 14
6:30–8:00 PM EDT
In-person on Butler University campus (Reilly Room, Atherton Union)

At this fair, over 25 public accounting firms connect with Butler accounting, finance, and exploratory major students. Free to students. Invite-only for employers. Please email any questions to the Meet the Firms Night coordinator, Mike Thomas.

Students—register for Meet the Firms Night on Handshake.
Employers—please email the Meet the Firms Night coordinator, Mike Thomas, to request attendance.

 

Big Dawg Fair Day 1: In-Person

Monday, September 27
5:30–7:00 PM EDT
In-person on Butler University campus (Business Building Atrium)

Butler University is holding two, back-to-back, all-industry career fairs for fall 2021: one in-person, one virtual. Open to all Butler students and graduates from all majors. Students, graduates, employers, and recruiters are invited to register for either fair (or both) and connect over internships, jobs, grad school admission, service opportunities, and more. Recruiting organizations may differ by fair. Students and grads are encouraged to view participant lists on Handshake ahead of time. Please email any questions to the Big Dawg Fairs coordinator, Joey Wohlhieter.

Students and grads—register for Big Dawg Fair Day 1: In-Person on Handshake.
Employers and recruiters—register for Big Dawg Fair Day 1: In- Person on Handshake.

 

Big Dawg Fair Day 2: Virtual

Tuesday, September 28
5:30–7:00 PM EDT
on Handshake (web-based)

Butler University is holding two, back-to-back, all-industry career fairs for fall 2021: one in-person, one virtual. Open to all Butler students and graduates from all majors. Students, graduates, employers, and recruiters are invited to register for either fair (or both) and connect over internships, jobs, grad school admission, service opportunities, and more. Recruiting organizations may differ by fair. Students and grads are encouraged to view participant lists on Handshake ahead of time. Please email any questions to the Big Dawg Fairs coordinator, Joey Wohlhieter.

Students and grads—register for Big Dawg Fair Day 2: Virtual on Handshake.
Employers and recruiters—register for Big Dawg Fair Day 2: Virtual on Handshake.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarThursday, October 14 Friday, October 15, 2021 — Fall Break (No Classes)

 

Indiana Means Business Fair

Wednesday, October 27
10:00 AM–2:00 PM EDT
In-person at Primo Banquet Hall (southside of Indy)

Hosted by the College Career Center Consortium of Indiana (of which Butler is a member school), this fair provides employers with business-focused jobs and internships access to some of the best and brightest students from across the state. Fourteen colleges and universities will be represented officially, but students and grads from all other Indiana schools are also invited to attend. Lunch will be provided for up to two recruiters. Please email any questions to the Indiana Means Business fair coordinator, Gary Beaulieu.

Students—register for Indiana Means Business Fair on Handshake.
Employers—register for Indiana Means Business Fair on Handshake.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, November 22 Friday, November 26, 2021 — Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarFriday, December 10, 2021 — Last Day of Fall Classes

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, December 13 Friday, December 17, 2021 — Final Examinations

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Saturday, December 17, 2021 — Winter Commencement

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Monday, January 10, 2022 — First Day of Spring Classes

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Monday, January 17, 2022 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (No Classes)

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Monday, March 7 — Friday, March 11, 2022 — Spring Break (No Classes)

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Monday, April 25, 2022 — Last Day of Spring Classes

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Wednesday, April 27 — Tuesday, May 3, 2022 — Final Examinations

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Saturday, May 7, 2022 — Spring Commencement

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Monday, May 9, 2022 — First Day of Summer I Classes

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Monday, May 30, 2022 — Memorial Day Holiday (No Classes)

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Monday, June 27, 2022 — Friday Day of Summer II Classes

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Monday, July 4, 2022 — Fourth of July Holiday (No Classes)

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendar Friday, August 12, 2022 — Last Day of Summer II Classes

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More Info and Resources

Accessibility

Butler University is committed to ensuring its programs, services, activities, and benefits are accessible on an equitable basis to all qualified individuals with disabilities. Read how to submit disability-related accommodation requests.

Students are encouraged to report any barriers to accessibility on or around campus.

Everyone is encouraged to create accessible versions of informational flyers and materials for digital distribution. Read how to create accessible documents in Microsoft Word.

For further reading (including info on imagery and video captioning), please read Butler's Accessibility Standards guide.

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Located on more than 300 acres on the north side of Indianapolis, the nation's 15th-largest city, Butler is home to both historic buildings and park-like settings.

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Attending a Career Event (Students and Graduates)

Going to a job fair is a very efficient way to explore different organizations and can help you find a full-time position or internship. 

Preparation

  • Register for the fair, if necessary.

  • Obtain a list of the organizations and research and prepare questions for those that are of interest.

  • Review standard interview questions so that you are prepared to answer them clearly and effectively.

  • Prepare and practice a brief (30 seconds) "commercial" in which you will introduce yourself, describe your interest in the organization, connect your skills, interests, and relevant experience with what the company seeks, and present your resume.

  • Have your resume critiqued by CAPS and bring several copies to the fair. You may also bring a portfolio to hold your resumes, letters of recommendation, references, and samples of your work (if applicable).

  • Be familiar with the fair location and parking. Bring money for food and the registration fee if needed.

  • Dress for success. Conservative business attire is always best.

During the Fair

  • Check in, if necessary, and obtain a copy of the layout of the room to locate companies.

  • Explore the fair on your own to avoid appearing too dependent upon your friends.

  • Always conduct yourself professionally because you never know when an employer may be watching.

  • Before approaching a company, review the information you gathered about the organization. Organize the materials you want to have available for that employer, and check your appearance.

Note: Be flexible with the order in which you visit employers. If you see a line forming, move on to another organization and return later.

  • When approaching the employer, wait patiently if there is another candidate ahead of you and conduct yourself courteously and confidently by smiling, establishing and maintaining eye contact and presenting a firm handshake when introducing yourself.

  • During the meeting:

    • Be interested and interesting, listen actively, speak clearly and confidently, and offer coherent, concise, and honest responses to the employer's questions.

    • Maintain your professionalism. Even though a job fair is a more relaxed atmosphere than a formal interview, it is still part of the interview process.

    • When the interview is wrapping up, ask the employer for his/her business card or FuseMe, if you may follow up with the employer and, if so, when. Be sure to thank them for their time.

  • After the meeting, note the items you discussed, any interesting information you learned, follow-up information and any other information that may be helpful later.

After the Fair

Send thank you letters to the employers within one week. Mention something specific that you discussed to make sure they remember you. Thank them and express interest in a formal interview.

 

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Outside Fairs and Events

Explore Handshake
Screenshot of Handshake website illustrating list of Upcoming Fairs

Butler's online employment portal, Handshake, collects even more career fairs and events:

  1. Log into Handshake and view Fairs and Events by selecting those options on your dashboard.
  2. View Fairs and Events on Google Calendar.

 

Explore CareerEco

Screenshot of webpage for CareerEco's events calendarCareerEco is a virtual recruiting platform and talent community for jobseekers, prospective graduate students, academic institutions, and employers who leverage the power of technology and embrace innovation in order to accomplish their professional and academic goals.

CareerEco's cloud recruiting events offer a unique method of connecting virtually that allows everyone to save time and eliminate the many burdens and costs associated with travel

View CareerEco's Events calendar.

 

Explore Indiana Black Expo

Screenshot of Indiana Black Expo website calendar of community eventsIndiana Black Expo (IBE) is a local non-profit that has been a pillar of Indy's African-American community for decades. As a year-round, multifaceted community service organization with 12 chapters, IBE works to create, produce, and advance opportunities for families in central Indiana.

View Indiana Black Expo's Events calendar.

 

Explore Indy Pride

Screenshot of Indy Pride website calendar of community eventsIndy Pride is a local non-profit that produces programming honoring and celebrating the diversity of Indianapolis' LGBTQ+ communities. Their organization provides leadership development, educational programs, and community events (including a career fair).

View Indy Pride's Events calendar.

 

Explore the International Center

Screenshot of webpage for the International Center's events calendarThe International Center is a local non-profit that aims to promote events in Indiana that highlight and celebrate cultural diversity and international relations, including diplomacy engagement opportunities for students. Working in collaboration with businesses, non-profits, government agencies, educational institutions, and individual citizens, the Center has served as a guide to the world's cultural landscape and a catalyst for Indiana's international growth for more than 40 years.

View the International Center's Events calendar.

 

Explore Techpoint

Screenshot of Techpoint website calendar of community eventsButler's career development partner Techpoint curates a list of community events for those who want to learn new skills, make new connections, and keep up with happenings around town.

View Techpoint's Community Events calendar.

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Students and graduates: put a plan into action.

Apply the skills and knowledge you have gained to actively pursue opportunities that align with your goals. Continue to reflect upon your progress and refine your plan as needed.

We're Here to Help

Headshots of Four ICS Career Advisors (Andy Cassler, Mona Guirguis, Courtney Rousseau, and Jeremy Walthall)In addition to utilizing the resources above, please don't hesitate to reach out at any time:

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Our office supports the Career and Life Skills dimension of BU Be Well.

We help you focus on building and maintaining successful skills for future or current careers, including internships, employment, financial planning, graduate school, and gap year/service programs.

Learn more about BU Be Well.