Ouachita Baptist University will hold its fourth annual Graduate and Professional School Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Evans Student Center. Fifteen schools catering to all majors at OBU will be represented.
Graduate and professional schools from across Arkansas and Missouri will participate in the one-day event. Students should come casually dressed and should prepare specific questions for the representatives, said OBU Career Services Director Lauren Land. She also encouraged all students to attend, regardless of their classification.
“Graduate schools get very specific. It is good for students to think about it early so that they can get the job that they want to get,” Land said. She also noted that the fair gives Ouachita students a level of recognition among the institutions that attend. “We want Ouachita to be on the top of their minds so they’ll know the caliber of students we have.”
The casual setting is designed to make conversation between representatives and students easier. Door prizes such as gas cards and gift cards can be found at the sign-in table and many schools bring gifts as well.
OBU alumnus Sarah Anderson credits the fair with much of her confidence in professional settings.
“There’s only so much you can do online or even over the phone,” Anderson said. “Even if you don’t know if you want to go to grad school, it is a really good opportunity to learn skills in communicating with professionals and learning what questions to ask.”
The fair has grown yearly since its premiere in 2008. Career Services has paid attention to the rise of interest in graduate schools from OBU students and is making it as easily accessible as possible. If students have feedback or ideas for the next fair, they can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about OBU Career Services, visit www.obu.edu/career. Get regular updates and tips from Career Services by following it on Twitter, @OBUCareer, or by liking its Facebook page, Ouachita Baptist University Career Services.
By Cara Curtis