Expo Survey Results Show the Value of Career Services

by Alicia Smyth

Every year we survey Daytona Beach campus students who attend the Industry/Career Expo to find out about their experience at the event and if there were any positive outcomes. The results are always fun to tabulate because year after year, they show how valuable the Career Services Office can be to current Daytona Beach Embry-Riddle students if they decide to utilize it.

Each year, we ask questions about how students were dressed, how prepared they felt, if they received any interviews or offers, and what interaction they had with Career Services prior to the event. The results, year after year, tell us the following:

If you dress professionally, you are more likely to receive an interview

Pretty common sense stuff, right? But still, not all students attend the event dressed professionally.

If you use the Career Services Office more than once within the three months before the Expo, you will feel more prepared and increase your likelihood of scoring an interview

The key takeaway here is using the office more than once. Students who come in for one advisement session or a simple resume critique are only slightly more likely to feel prepared than those who never come in at all.

Those students who work closely with their Program Managers tend to have greater success overall. They feel more prepared, are more likely to get an interview and in some cases, an offer, within a month after the event.

This is because job search preparation takes time and requires know-how. Your Program Manager is there to guide you and offer sage advice regarding aspects of the job search, company insights, and career development. You can go it alone, but why would you want to?

If you attend presentations that are related specifically to the Expo, you will have greater success at the event

Students who attend targeted presentations, such as Ace the Interview or Working the Expo, are more likely to feel prepared and obtain an interview. If you miss a presentation, you can always watch it online.

Practice makes perfect

Students who participate in a mock interview with Career Services or who attend the Speed Interviewing event prior to the Expo are most likely to feel prepared and obtain an interview. It takes an hour of your time but could save you months of frustration because you can’t land a job.

Career Services is a valuable resource for you – if you choose to use it wisely

While this information may not help you for the 2011 event, it surely can help you in the future. It is never too soon to start using Career Services. Imagine how successful you could be if you truly took advantage of our office! A resume critique is important, but a resume alone won’t land you a job. Make an appointment and meet your Program Manager, complete your EagleHire Network account, work on your resume, attend our upcoming presentations, utilize our resources, and do a mock interview. You are investing a lot of time and money into your education and your future…let Career Services help you to get a return on that investment.

Keep in mind that one-on-one career advisement services, including mock interviews, are only available up to one year after graduation. It is important to take advantage of the interactive services we offer while you can.

For a full list of services available to students and graduates, please visit our website:

Alicia Smyth has been with the Career Services Office at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2000. In her time at Embry-Riddle, Alicia has worked primarily at the Daytona Beach campus but has also served in roles with Prescott and Worldwide. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Central Florida. Alicia currently serves as the director and information systems manager for Career Services and loves all things social media and technology. 

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