Mason Family Flash

Career development opportunities for your student

The Fall Career Fair at George Mason is expanding!  The October 2nd & 3rd event will be held in the Johnson Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We are taking over the entire lower level as demand from employers to hire Mason students is at an all-time high!  We are expecting 150 employers each day – so, encourage your student to take advantage of networking with these employers and by doing some research ahead of time so that it’s not overwhelming when they arrive at the fair.

A range of national, regional and local employers are expected, including Amazon, SAIC, Innova Health, Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen, Federal Reserve Bank and other major employers from around the Northern Virginia area. Many federal and local government agencies are also registered, including the NSA, Patent and Trademark Office, Census Bureau, Federal Aviation Administration, DIA etc. and several branches of local county governments.  Nonprofits, including several prominent think tanks and charities from around the D.C. region are well represented among the employers attending.

Although the focus of the first day is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and the second day is Business, Public Service and Nonprofit, many employers are hiring for a range of positions, so it is important for students to attend both days.

All students, from freshmen to seniors and recent graduates, are encouraged to attend the fair. Attendees can expect to be exposed to various career options and learn about the hiring needs of employers in their industry of interest. At the fair, many employers promote their online application tools, while some accept resumes and a few conduct screening interviews.

How can you help your student perform a self-evaluation before meeting employers? Here are our top tips for parents and family members:

  • Encourage your student to attend a preparation event before the Career Fair to practice speaking with employers and to have their resume reviewed. View the events calendar:
  • Suggest they attend the Career Fair professionally dressed to make a strong first impression. Learn more about preparation: com/masoncareer/workwear-business-professional-interviewing-attire
  • Ask your student to research 6-8 companies before attending the fair. Employers do not like being asked what they do! They expect students to know this information. The list of participating employers is available within your student’s Handshake account, which can be accessed by clicking on the Handshake button on the top right of

Visit Career Services at the fair at our resource area in the Dewberry lobby and the Bistro lobby. Additional check in stations have been added to this fair so that students don’t have to wait in line to check in and get their printed name tag!

Finally, we are here to prepare and connect career-ready students for post-graduate success. Make sure your student is making the most of this excellent Mason resource by using it early and often!

Bernadette Davey
Career Fair Manager
University Career Services

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