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Fairs and Events

Connecting Butler with the World

Career development fairs and events are vital to connecting Butler faculty, staff, and students with the outside world. In fact, 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.

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Calendar of Events for Fall 2020

All Fall 2020 events and career fairs will be held virtually.

Read Butler's latest coronavirus and COVID-19 communications.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, August 24, 2020 — First Day of Fall Classes

 

Get Hired! Part-time Job Fair 2020 presented by Select Senior Care

Friday, August 28, 2020
Virtual. Hosted on Handshake's new career fair platform.
2:00–4:00 PM EDT

Students can secure on- and off-campus part-time jobs at CaPS' Get Hired! Part-time Job Fair 2020 presented by Select Senior Care. Hosted virtually on Handshake, this job fair facilitates connections between students and Butler departments/offices and local employers—all seeking to hire—through both group and one-on-one sessions. Free to all Butler students.

Need help? Email Get Hired Part-time Job Fair questions to event coordinator Joey Wohlhieter.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarMonday, September 7, 2020 — Labor Day (Classes will occur)

 

Meet the Firms hosted by Accounting Club

Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Virtual. Hosted on Handshake's new career fair platform.
5:30–7:30 PM EDT

Butler Accounting and Finance majors can meet with over 20 public accounting firms and corporations of various sizes as they learn about internships and post-grad opportunities. Employer registration includes up to 15 recruiters with two-hour schedules of one-on-one student sessions and/or up to three 30-minute group sessions (with up to 50 participants if using Handshake's video call, or higher if linking out to company's third-party platform like WebEx or Zoom). Employers will build their own preferred schedule. Free to Butler students.

If you're interested in attending this fair as a recruiter, or have questions, please email Meet the Firms event coordinator Lori Coe.

 

Big Dawg Fair 2020 presented by Roche

Butler's mascot, Trip the bulldog, wearing a work tieWednesday, September 16, 2020
Virtual. Hosted on Handshake's new career fair platform.
5:30–7:30 PM EDT

Our biggest event of the year, organizations can recruit from hundreds of students and graduates seeking internships, jobs, and info on grad school programs and service opportunities. Attendees hail from all majors and grade levels. Note: this fair replaces last year's Fall Lacy School of Business Fair.

As continued career programming is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors, we sincerely thank title sponsor Roche, as well as True Blue sponsors Atrium and Valeo Financial Advisors.

Need help? Email Big Dawg Fair event coordinator Joey Wohlhieter.

 

Accounting Interview Day

Circular logo containing the words "College Career Center Consortium"Thursday, September 17, 2020
Virtual.
8:30 AM–4:30 PM EDT

Designed for CPA firms, government agencies, and companies seeking accounting program candidates for beginning career positions and internships, Accounting Interview Day draws nearly 100 upper-level students annually from small- to medium-sized institutions.

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

View full info on the Consortium (CCCC) calendar.

 

Indiana Means Business Fair

Outline of Indiana borders with the words Indiana Means Business Career FairTuesday, October 13, 2020
Virtual. Hosted on Career Fair Plus.
11:00 AM–3:00 PM EDT

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. Free for students of all class levels and all majors to attend.

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

View more info on the Consortium (CCCC) calendar.

 

BIG EAST Grad School Fair

Logo for BIG EAST Conference, containing those words above a curved, red lineOctober 2020
Virtual. Host to be determined.
11:00 AM–3:00 PM EDT

Eleven schools in eleven states. Tens of thousands of students and graduates from around the world. Graduate and professional school programs specifically looking for BIG EAST students and graduates are invited to attend!

Sponsored by the BIG EAST Career Consortium, of which Butler is a member.

View more info on the BIG EAST Career Consortium website.

 

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarTuesday, November 24, 2020 — Last meeting day of classes

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarTuesday, December 8, 2020 — Last day of final exams

Icon of a nondescript and generic, monthly calendarFriday, December 18, 2020 — Winter Commencement

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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.

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.
 

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
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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.