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Fairs and Events

Students and Salesforce panelists for Career Community site visit

Networking is key to career development. It's how you explore possibilities, learn about openings, and pursue opportunities.

Below, you'll find information on a variety of programming, including Career Communities, Job Fairs, and Interview Days. Please feel free to take part in as many as possible.

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.

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Career Community Events

Group of Butler students at Career Community site visit to SalesforceWe've created industry-based groups of alumni, employers, family, and friends who help deepen your knowledge of and experience with fields of interest.

Sectors include Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Sports/Entertainment.

Check out upcoming Career Community programming.

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Career Fairs

We're hard at work planning Butler's 2019-2020 fairs, including focuses on healthcare, technology, and non-profits. Please check back often as info is updated.

 

Get Hired! Part-Time Job Fair 2019

Circular logo containing the words "Get Hired Part-time Job Fair"Thursday, August 22, 2019
Location: TBD
3:00–4:30 PM

Part of Butler's Welcome Week events, you'll have an opportunity to meet and interact with both on-campus and off-campus employers looking to hire for the fall and spring semesters. If you need info regarding Federal Work Study or how to find an on-campus job, our staff members will be on hand to help.

Email questions to event coordinator Alyssa Laskowski.

 

Big Dawg Fair

Butler's mascot, Trip the bulldog, wearing a work tieThursday, October 10, 2019
South Campus Main Building
4:30–7:30 PM

Our largest career fair of the year, Big Dawg hosts 100 employers across multiple industries. The event is open to students, graduate students, and alumni of all majors from Butler University and all central Indiana universities/colleges. The cost for attendees is free. Advisors from our office will be on hand to help attendees with last-minute preparation. A photo booth will be set up to have free headshots taken. And, appetizers will be served courtesy of Catering by Maarten van Eijk.

Email questions to event coordinators Joey Wohlhieter and Sierra Mathews.

 

Indiana Means Business Fair

Circular logo containing the words "College Career Center Consortium"Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown

If you're seeking a job or internship in a business-related industry, this fair provides you with access to top recruiters from Indiana and beyond. Students at all class levels, from all majors, are encouraged to take part.

Sponsored by the College Career Center Consortium (CCCC), of which Butler is a member.

View more info on the Consortium (CCCC) calendar.

 

Non-Profit and Public Service Fair

Early-to-Mid February 2020
Location: TBD

Calling all change makers, future politicians, social justice warriors, and aspiring civil servants: meet with over 30 employers featuring non-profit organizations, government agencies, and political opportunities. The event is open and free for students, graduate students, and alumni of all majors of Butler University and other local universities and colleges in the Central Indiana area.

Email questions to program coordinators Sierra Mathews and Joey Wohlhieter.

 

Collegiate Career Expo

Circular logo containing the words "College Career Center Consortium"Thursday, February 20, 2020
Primo Convention Center South (on National Ave.)

If you're seeking a job or internship in a business-related industry, this fair provides you with access to top recruiters from Indiana and beyond. Students at all class levels, from all majors, are encouraged to take part.

Sponsored by the College Career Center Consortium (CCCC), of which Butler is a member.

View more info on the Consortium (CCCC) calendar.

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Graduate School Fairs

There aren't currently plans for a Butler-hosted Graduate School Fair in 2019–2020. However, several will be occurring across the Midwest and virtually. Please search the "Fairs" and "Events" sections on Handshake, as well as the CCCC website. Also, feel free to utilize the resources in our Graduate School guide.

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Networking Programs

Into The City

Circular logo containing the words "Butler University Into the City"Mid-August 2019 (Welcome Week)

Discover why Indianapolis is a great city in which to live, work, and play. This staff-led program takes you off campus with an all-access pass to Indy's cultural, professional, and natural hot spots. You'll meet young professionals and seasoned leaders working in nonprofit, private, and government businesses that define and are connected to our city’s vibrant downtown. You'll also enjoy sit-down dinners and networking parties with Butler alumni and diverse local professionals.

Begin to envision how you can put your personal passions and academic interests into action on campus, in the city, and beyond.

Email questions to program coordinators Sierra Mathews and Joey Wohlhieter.

 

Big East NYC Networking Trek

Logo for Big East NYC Networking Trek programMid-March 2020 (Spring Break)

A collaboration between the Big East Athletic Conference's career offices, we take a group of students to New York City to participate in various networking events with Butler alumni surrounding the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament. The two-day trip culminates in the Big East Career Consortium's Sports and Entertainment Networking Event for students and alumni of Big East schools.

Email questions to program coordinators Gary Beaulieu and Julie Schrader.

 

Diversity Connections

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Late March 2020
Fairview Community Room

In Spring 2020, we'll host the 14th Diversity Connections, an annual opportunity for employers to connect with students in a relaxed, fun, and engaging way. The event is open to all Butler students and focuses on bringing together those interested in creating work environments that value and promote workforce diversity.

Email questions to event coordinators Joey Wohlhieter and Sierra Mathews.

 

Indy Summer Experience

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May–July 2020

Take part in Indy Summer Experience, a program affording you the opportunity to make connections with employers, have fun around town, and spend the summer with Butler peers.

Past events have included a tour of the Dallara IndyCar Factory, team-building at The Escape Room, dinner at Napolese, an outing to an Indianapolis Indians baseball game, a cooking class at Chef JJ's Back Yard, a tour of Roche Diagnostics, and a downtown dinner at The Rathskellar.

Email questions to program coordinator Andy Cassler.

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Interview Days

Accounting Interview Day

Circular logo containing the words "College Career Center Consortium"Thursday, September 19, 2019
Location: TBD

If you're seeking a job or internship in a business-related industry, this fair provides you with access to top recruiters from Indiana and beyond. Students at all class levels, from all majors, are encouraged to take part.

Sponsored by the College Career Center Consortium (CCCC), of which Butler is a member.

View more info on the Consortium (CCCC) calendar.

 

Teacher Candidate Interview Day

Circular logo containing the words "College Career Center Consortium"April 2020
Hendricks County 4-H Conference Center

If you're seeking a job or internship in a business-related industry, this fair provides you with access to top recruiters from Indiana and beyond. Students at all class levels, from all majors, are encouraged to take part.

Sponsored by the College Career Center Consortium (CCCC), of which Butler is a member.

View more info on the Consortium (CCCC) calendar.

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Recruiter Breakfasts (for Employers)

Informational event for employers about ways to engage students and alumni, both on campus and off. Typically includes presentations, student panel, and Q&A.

Email questions to event coordinators Joey Wohlhieter and Sierra Mathews.

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More Info and Resources

Directions, Maps, Hotels, and Parking

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.

Get directions, view maps of campus, book hotels, and more.

 

Employer Policies

Please download our Employer Policies document for more information about working with Butler.

Email questions to Employer Assistant, Joey Wohlhieter.

 

Attending a Career Event (Students and Alumni)

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

Screenshot of Handshake website illustrating list of Upcoming FairsExplore the Handshake Calendar

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 Techpoint's Calendar

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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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:

  • schedule an appointment with a career advisor
  • email career@butler.edu
  • call 317-940-9383
  • stop by our office: Atherton Union 315  (note: we're moving to the new Lacy Building, room 102 in July 2019)
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  • career opportunities
  • upcoming events
  • tips for professional development

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