Gonzaga’s Career Center will be holding a Partnership Preview event on Tuesday Feb. 26 from 6-8 p.m. The event will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton in the Spokane Falls Ballroom. The Partnership Preview is an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to learn important strategies on how to network professionally and interact with local and regional employers. There is a $5 fee that will cover food for the night. This event is a preview to the larger Career Fair held at the Spokane Convention Center on Feb. 27.
Students can sign up for the preview event at www.parnershipfair.com. There is no sign up for the Career Fair on Wednesday. Students can just show up at the Spokane Convention Center with their Gonzaga ID.
Britney Leland, the Training Manager at the Gonzaga Career Center, described the preview as an opportunity to make more of a connection with recruiters that students are interested in working for. “The employers at the preview will all be the same employers at the fair,” she said. Not all of the employers at the fair will be at the preview; however, all of the employers at the preview will be at the fair.
This is the second year the Career Center will hold a Partnership Preview. “Last year was such a big success; employers said they wanted more time to interact with the students because they enjoyed the environment so much,” Leland said.
Leland said that the employers at the preview and the fair are looking to hire for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and internships. Sophomore Emily Meggison is planning to attend both the preview and the fair. “I think it is a really great opportunity to build connections with people in the business world.” “Networking is really intimidating, sometimes it is hard to just put yourself out there like that, that’s why I think practicing at events like these are really helpful,” she said.
When asked how to prepare for the preview Leland said that you should bring business cards, dress professionally, bring a notebook and pen to take notes, and bring your Gonzaga ID.
“The Career Center will print 100 business cards for only $5,” she said. She also recommended that students bring a folder to keep pamphlets and fliers they receive from employers in.
Sophomore Zack Chestler said, “I went to the Career Fair last year and it was a great experience.” “I made a lot of good connections and got to wear my favorite tie.”
The event is held in conjunction with Whitworth University, Eastern Washington University, and Washington State University-Spokane. “We would love to see a big representation of zags there,” Leland said. “Zags are always so professional and come across so well to the recruiters, we love to have that representation of Gonzaga.”
This Career Fair will be the last fair of the year and will also be the largest. Leland said, “I would encourage anyone and everyone to go to both the preview and the fair, there is something there for everyone.”
By Sarah Nolan