Annual fall career fair provides opportunities for networking

The annual UAA Fall Career Fair, hosted by Career Exploration & Services, will take place on Nov. 8. The event offers students, alumni and community members an opportunity to network with employers and find potential internships and jobs.


“Even if you’re not looking for a job right now, It’s a great way to get your name and face out there and make those connections,” Danica Bryant, employer relations specialist for Career Exploration & Services, said. “We understand talking to employers can be stressful and overwhelming for a lot of students, so we want to make it an open, welcoming networking environment.”

In years past, as many as 80 employers have attended the Fall Career Fair, and 1,700 students have passed through during the event. The fair is located in the Student Union to be accessible to as many students as possible.

“We understand that not all students that pass through are going to the career fair, but our intention is even if they’re just passing through, they might see an employer that sparks their eye and stop to see what they have to offer,” Bryant said.

Thirty employers have registered for the event so far with more joining daily. Local employers, including AT&T, Target and Enterprise, will be in attendance along with new national companies such as Intel. Every employer will come with least one job opportunity available for attendees to apply for.

“The employers at the fair are getting really diverse. We have a lot of new people coming,” Molly Orheim, director of Career Explorations & Services, said.

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UAA students can sign into Handshake, a career-services platform, using their UAOnline log-in and preview the employers registered for the fair. They can also view the job and internship opportunities each company is offering, along with the required majors and skills.

Bryant says that joining Handshake has expanded student opportunities in both the career fair and beyond.

“We joined Handshake in July of 2017. It’s used by over 500 universities and expanded our reach to national companies,” she said. “It’s exciting to get those national employers coming to Alaska.”

Career Exploration & Services is also offering other opportunities that lead up to the event. The Speed Resume Review on Oct. 31 and the JCPenny Suit-Up Event on Nov. 4 aimed to prepare students for a successful experience with employers at the career fair.

Students who missed the speed review are welcomed to come in during Career Exploration & Services’ drop-in hours for help with their resume and cover letter. Free professional head shots taken by UAA Enrollment Services’ communication team from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the day of the event are also available for students in attendance.

“We’re trying really hard to expose students to thinking about their career development early,” Orheim said. “We want students to succeed and shine.”


The Fall Career Fair will take place on Nov. 8 from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the Student Union. The event is free to attend for all students, alumni and community members. Professional dress and prepared, in-depth questions for employers are encouraged.

Registration for the event can be done through Handshake at