Students probably fall into one of two groups: Those that have everything figured out and those that don’t have a clue (yet). If you are a student that has it all together and knows what you are looking for, you will probably use the approaches below:
- Prepare ahead of time. See which schools are attending and approach the ones you seek out on purpose. Know details about the school’s program and ask specific questions that relate to information that demonstrates you have already done some research.
- Have your story straight. Be able to convey exactly what you want to achieve after grad school and why the particular school you are talking to is likely to help you achieve your goals. If you don’t know what you want to do with great specificity, at least identify the functional positions you are interested in – or – the narrowest industry description that you can reasonably have a strong interest in. For example: I want to work in new product development, but I haven’t decided between medical devices and diagnostics industries.
- Follow up. After a good discussion at a fair, be sure you reach out to the university rep you talked to and be sure to recap some unique aspect of the conversation. The school reps talk to lots of students and even if they take notes, if you can jog their memory a bit, it really helps them remember you.
KGI has released the outreach schedule and we are attending about 75 events between September and November and I really like to see prospective students that have done a bit of prep work and use the tips above.