September is always a busy month at IUPUI—new students settle into their routines, the first round of exams begins, and many university events provide a break for busy students. One of IUPUI’s recurring events is Fall Career Week, which is set to be a truly memorable event for our university. Fall Career Week is celebrating its tenth anniversary of empowering student success.
In 2009, the IUPUI Career Services Council felt students needed an event that equipped them to pursue their careers with confidence. The council wanted to ensure students received access to resources that would affect the trajectory of their professional careers. At its core, Fall Career Week is more than just an extended career fair. It is a week of career-related events for all students to learn about majors, careers, job searching, and more. The primary goal of these events is to:
- Increase student awareness and understanding of majors and career options
- Assist students in developing professional skills
- Facilitate connections for students, employers, and alumni
- Raise awareness of the importance of campus inclusion in career development and planning
Fall Career Week, like many IUPUI traditions over the years, has seen a marked increase in participation. From 2009 to 2017, the number of students attending the event increased from 1,700 to 7,100. This is an incredible rise, especially considering in 2009 there were 28,756 total students enrolled, and in 2017, the increase was marginal with a slight increase to 29,790 total students. Fall Career Week has proved its worth to the student body over and over, as each year it attracts more students to enjoy its many benefits.