Career Fair Goes Virtual with 74 Organizations Participating
April 4, 2020
Facing the cancellation of in-person events across the world, Wentworth’s Co-ops and Careers office got creative, moving their popular Career Fair event online and finding success.
A sold-out virtual fair took place March 31 with 114 representatives from 74 organizations and 338 students participating.
During initial fears about Covid-19 many weeks ago, the office considered holding the event but discouraging handshakes and other physical interactions.
“By March 13 we decided to cancel the event and by March 17 we were all working remotely,” says Robbin Beauchamp, director of Co-ops and Careers. “Things changed quickly during that week, including our decision to move the fair completely online.”
The operations team of Abbey Pober, assistant director of systems and marketing, and Kristen Eckman, operations coordinator, researched and set up all of the back-end systems to make the event happen while Chris McIntyre, external relations specialist, reached out to the 180 employers who had previously reserved a spot to invite them to participate, without charge, in the newly formatted event.
The advising team messaged all of their students to participate and, during the event, each advisor hosted their own Zoom room so students could pop in with questions. Pober additionally hosted her own zoom meeting for students with technical questions, and McIntyre and Eckman were available for employer questions before and during the event.
“We enjoyed hosting this event and will offer it again,” says Beauchamp. “We are grateful to our employer partners and to the students who participated.”
- May 19, 2020—The Center for Academic Excellence relates what worked for students during the spring semester.
- May 14, 2020—The team brought in $23,000 for the Student Emergency Fund.
- May 13, 2020—The multi-disciplinary team focused on rapid 3D and virtual reality modeling.