Auburn hosting natural resources-focused career fair for students on Oct. 16

Published: October 08, 2019
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Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences will host its fifth annual career fair on Oct. 16.

Natural resources-focused students are invited to meet, engage and network with agency and industry representatives in the areas of forestry, wildlife, natural resources management, geospatial and environmental informatics and other related fields.

This recruiting event was created to offer School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences students the opportunity to learn about potential careers, network with professionals and apply or interview with companies for potential jobs and internships within their degree areas. However, all Auburn students who are interested in natural resources-related career fields are invited to attend.

The career fair will take place in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences conference hall on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the school located at 602 Duncan Drive in Auburn.

On Oct. 15, from 5:30-7 p.m., the school will host a “soft skills” workshop for students that will feature guest panelists who will talk about professional and leadership attributes that are necessary for advancement.

According to a survey, nine out of 10 employers believe that “soft skills” are increasingly important in the workplace.

The workshop is intended to help students develop professional and interpersonal skills such as communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, work ethic and character traits of integrity, empathy, adaptability and emotional intelligence; which are often noted as crucial for career success.

“It is important, that in addition to the classroom and experiential learning we provide, that we help our students develop communication skills and character traits that will help them to be valued employees and effective leaders,” said Dean Janaki Alavalapati.

The Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences is a flagship institution for natural resources-based degrees including natural resource management, geospatial and environmental informatics, and sustainable biomaterials and packaging. The school is also the backbone to Alabama's $22 billion forest, wildlife and natural resources industry. Its mission is to create future professionals and leaders and to develop new knowledge and science-based solutions and share them with individuals, families, communities and industries so they can make informed decisions to advance their business and well-being.