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Why students should attend our April 3 First Avenue Career & Graduate School Fair

First Avenue Career & Graduate School Fair: Where top liberal arts and sciences students meet industry leaders to create extraordinary futures

Donny Miller, a senior business major and current professional activities intern in our Career Services office, attended our First Avenue Career & Graduate School Fair ( last year as a junior; he still raves about his experience at the fair: "As a student who needs to get a job within six months of graduating, First Avenue is one of the best chances George Fox students have to captivate the attention of many of the best local/regional/national companies and organizations."

Our students have access to more than 160 recruiters and graduate schools at the upcoming April 3 career fair. More than 130 recruiters and 30-plus graduate schools will attend this year's annual fair (in its 19th year), conducted by the Oregon Liberal Arts Placement Consortium (OLAPC), the combined student bodies of nine smaller colleges and universities in Oregon. George Fox University career officials have been a part of this career fair from the beginning.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) notes on its student website ( that "job fairs provide a great opportunity for students to meet employers who represent a wide range of industries" ( Here are five more reasons our students should attend First Avenue:

  1. Meet with recruiters and hiring managers face to face
  2. Investigate positions, occupations, and/or career fields to pursue within a major
  3. Increase one's chance of interviewing and landing a job or internship
  4. Expand one's network of contacts
  5. Have access to more than 160 recruiters in one place

"Students attending will have the chance to create a great network of people in their field … they [recruiters] are there waiting to talk to you." - Alum Jeremy Snyder, 2007 George Fox Associated Student Community Vice President.

First Avenue Career & Graduate School Fair will take place Thursday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Portland's Chiles Center. New this year, from 9-10 a.m., is a workshop entitled "Work with Meaning: Finding a Career in Today's Nonprofit World" by ( From 1 to 2 p.m. there is an alumni networking event, and from 2 to 6 p.m. many companies will stay on site to conduct interviews.
Visit for more information and for a constantly updated list of attending organizations and available positions. Student registration is required for this fair; they can register in Career Services (Stevens 325) or on the First Avenue website. Call 503-554-2330 or e-mail with questions regarding the fair. For a complete Career Services spring events calendar, visit

Darren L. Noble, Associate Director
Career Services: Vocation and Calling Fitness
Stevens 325, 503-554-2330

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