Starting a Career

Students in engineering, IT, nursing or pharmacy have the opportunity to attend several Virtual Career Fairs this semester. 

SIUE Career Development Center is hosting several career fairs in the upcoming months. There are six events coming up. The first event is not a career fair but a “Crash Course” on what a virtual career fair will look like. Students must register through their Student Cougar Jobline.

Student Cougar Jobline is a website students can use to access Career Service support. The Jobline can be found by going to the career service webpage, and registering from the link provided there. 

The Career Development Center is providing five Virtual Career Fairs within the next couple of months. There will be a Virtual Nursing event, Virtual Pharmacy, Virtual IT, Engineering and an October Career Fair. 

The Nursing Career event will take place on Sept. 27. There are two separate times, the earlier time is mainly focused on undergrads looking to enter the nursing field, while the later time is more focused on advanced practice nursing. Carrie Smolar, assistant director at the Career Development Center, said that if a student is unable to attend the time that is more catered towards them, not to worry, both times will have opportunities for both groups of students. Students who want to attend the Nursing Event should sign up through Premier Virtual

Sarah Brinker, a senior talent sourcer for the Memorial Health System, said having done your homework ahead of time about what employers are going to be there and how your skills will work with certain companies is a good way to prepare for the event. 

“[We] ask a lot of performance-based interview questions and students should know that there are a lot of transferable skills, from the service industry to direct patient care. They have knowledge that they can pull from those experiences and should know not to omit that during an interview,” Brinker said.

The next two events are the IT and Engineering Virtual Career Fair. Students who plan on attending either of the events must be registered through both the Student Cougar Jobline and Premier Virtual. Those links can again be found on the Career Services website

For students who are interested in attending the Engineering Fair, Katie Smithenry, an HR Specialist for Civil Design said that students who are interested in talking to employers about job positions should take the first step by starting conversations.

“Don’t be shy about starting a conversation even though it’s virtual, ask questions about the position you are interested in,” Smithenry said. 

There is also a Virtual October Career Fair, which will have a variety of employers there, for students in all majors. Students will also need to register through Student Cougar Jobline and Premier Virtual

Smolar said students should have their resume in front of them, printed off, so they can go over it with employers.

“Have your resume out in front of you, printed off so you can look down at it at the same time employers are looking at it. Be professional, wear the appropriate attire and make sure your background is clean and professional-looking,” Smolar said.


Crash Course will be 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. on Sept. 16

The Nursing Career Fair will be 11 a.m - 1 p.m and 4 - 6 p.m. on Sept. 27. 

IT Virtual Career Fair will take place from 10 a.m - 2 p.m on Oct. 5.

Engineering Fair will take place from 10 a.m - 2 p.m on Oct. 7.

October Career Fair will be 10 a.m - 2 p.m on Oct.6.

Virtual Pharmacy Career Fair will take place from 12:30 - 3 p.m. on Nov. 17. 

Virtual Pharmacy Residency Showcase will take place from 3 - 5 p.m. on Nov. 17.

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