Abington Career Fair on October 25, 2023
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Students of any major or year can attend. The experience of attending can lead to an internship or full-time job, or just help you become comfortable speaking with employers and expand your network of contacts.
Am I EXCUSED FROM CLASS for the Fair?
Students are encouraged to request to be excused from class for this “University approved event”. Instructors are to excuse you from class provided you communicate with faculty in advance and plan to make up missed work. Use your best judgment as to whether you should miss class.
How can I provide PROOF THAT I ATTENDED the Fair?
Faculty will likely require proof of your attendance. Career Services will provide faculty with an attendance list following the fair. To appear on the list, students must check-in upon entering the Athletic Building and must attend the fair.
Why research WHICH EMPLOYERS are attending?
Every student should review the information about the employers attending before deciding to participate. Review the qualifications they are seeking (academic level, major, etc.) and types of positions (internships, jobs) in advance. Not all companies have opportunities for first year students and not all majors are being sought. It will vary by Career Fair. Employers Attending: https://pennstate-csm.symplicity.com/events/ab_FALL2023_fair
What if there is INCLEMENT WEATHER on the day of the trip?
A decision regarding weather will be made at least 24 hours prior to departure and will be communicated via email to all trip participants.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Plan to wear professional attire to the fair and to board the bus - do not just bring it with you. Shop the FREE Career Closet in Tomezsko 2nd Floor hallway, open anytime the campus is open. Refer to the Abington Fair webpage for details on attire and what NOT to wear: https://www.abington.psu.edu/campus-life/careers/students-alumni/career-fairs-students
Can I wear a MASK AND NOT SHAKE HANDS with employers?
Yes, a mask is optional as is shaking hands. Be prepared to politely decline a handshake.
Will FOOD be available?
Students taking the bus will be offered snacks and water and can also pack their own food/refreshments. Food will not be provided for students at the Abington Fair.
What should I BRING to the Fair?
- Student ID.
- Printed copies of your resume for the number of employers you plan to visit plus a few extra. There are no copy services at the event. Be aware that some employers may not be collecting resumes but will instead instruct you to apply online.
- Pen and Notepad.
- Your research notes and your list of questions to ask employers.
- Your cell phone, kept on silent mode during the fair.
- A small bag vs. a backpack to carry with you. Leave valuables behind.
Who can I CONTACT on the DAY OF THE FAIR if needed?
Call 610-892-1264 to contact your chaperone, Mr. Dennis Dozier, for any last-minute or urgent concerns. If there is no answer, please leave a voicemail. Do not use this number at any other time than on October 25th.
WHERE CAN I PARK if I plan to drive?
Parking is available in any student lot provided you display your PSU parking permit.
Where can I find DETAILS ABOUT THE FAIR?
- “Fair Prep Week” Events and other Brandywine-specific Information about the Fair: https://www.bw.psu.edu/acs/events
- Register to Attend / Sign up for the bus: https://forms.gle/Zfjavzo2KgzXHFGaA
- Employers Attending: https://pennstate-csm.symplicity.com/events/ab_FALL2023_fair
- Abington Fair Website: https://www.abington.psu.edu/campus-life/careers/students-alumni/career-fairs-students
What is the DEADLINE to save my spot on the bus?
While there is no deadline, it is best to register as soon as possible. Seats are limited, available on a first come first serve basis when registering. There will be a waitlist once the bus trip registration is full.
Is the bus trip FREE?
Yes the trip is free thanks to funding provided through the Student Initiation Fee as well as the Development Office / Future Fund. We will not be collecting a fee to hold your spot but trust that students who register will follow through on their commitment to attend. Do NOT sign up if you are not sure you can attend the Fair.
AM I COMMITTED TO GO on the bus trip once I register?
Yes. NO SHOWS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. Once you have been confirmed to ride the bus, you are committed to attend.
What if I need to CANCEL my bus reservation?
You must notify [email protected] as soon as you know, the latest being MONDAY OCTOBER 23 AT 12PM NOON so that students on the waitlist can be notified on Monday afternoon. Failure to notify Career Services by the deadline will result in the forfeiture of your ability to attend future bus trips.
Can I ride the bus to Abington and not attend the Fair?
No. This trip is strictly for PSU students who will participate in the career fair.
Can I arrange my own ride after the Fair?
Yes, though if you plan to obtain an alternative form of transportation after the Career Fair, you must notify one of the chaperones before we depart, preferably email [email protected]
What do I need to BOARD THE BUS?
Your Student ID to prove you are a Penn State student and that you are confirmed to ride the bus. You must also be dressed in professional attire. Shop the FREE Career Closet in Tomezsko 2nd Floor hallway, open anytime the campus is open. See the Abington Fair webpage for details on required attire and what NOT to wear: https://www.abington.psu.edu/campus-life/careers/students-alumni/career-fairs-students
Will FOOD be provided on the bus?
Snacks and water will be provided free of charge and you may also pack your own food to eat on the bus.
Will the bus make ANY STOPS?
The bus will not make stops as this trip should take only 45-60 minutes and a restroom will be available on the bus.
What is the TIMELINE for the trip?
|10:15 am||Meet in the Penn State Brandywine parking lot along Rt 352 near the Main Building.|
|10:30 am||Depart Penn State Brandywine|
|11:30 am||Arrive at Penn State Abington|
|12:45||Optional walking tour of Penn State Abington (weather permitting)|
|1:15 pm||Meet back at bus to prepare for departure|
|1:20 pm||Depart Abington|
|2:20 pm||Arrive back at Penn State Brandywine|
For any last-minute or urgent concerns ON THE DAY OF THE FAIR, call 610-892-1264 to contact your chaperone, Mr. Dennis Dozier. If there is no answer, please leave a voicemail. Do not use this number at any other time than on October 25th.