Was unable to attend due to lack of information. Originally, was supposed to be placed on a waiting list but poor communication did not allow clarification. The day of the event I received an email stating to pick up a lanyard and I would get a text when I was able to enter. However, I work full time and need advanced notice. This is unacceptable. I tried multiple attempts to secure information and access to this event.
This was the third time of the four years that I have attended the career fair at Northeastern and I have had similar experiences each year. The Cabot Cage is really the only venue that can support the mass number of people that attracted to 100+ companies. With that said, I did land my first co-op from the career fair by meeting with a company representative in the fall and following up with them in the spring, leading to a co-op position where none existed for undergraduates prior to my pursuit. The event has some safety and traffic bottle-necks, especially this year, where student registered near the Solomon Courts and funneled into the basketball courts. The basketball court area is too small to accommodate the number of students and companies that were placed in that area. Overall, the fair is relatively chaotic, yet useful for students who are able to meet their specific needs and answer their questions amid the noise. To reduce the number of students at the opening of the fair and throughout the day, the security and administrative personnel could regulate the number of people entering at a time. Ultimately, the future of the event should be dictated on measurable figures of number of attendants compared to placements in the companies that attended.