Data Analytics Series: Prep for Data Analytics Night

Kyle Hodges

We’ve already covered what data analytics is, as well as the resources the University of Virginia offers for those interested in data analytics/science; all that’s left is how to prepare for this year's Virtual Fall Data Analytics Night! Make sure that you have your computers charged up and ready to go on Wednesday, October 13th at 5:30 so that you can attend. There are several things you can do to ensure that you get the most out of this event. However, before any other preparation, don’t forget to register on Handshake. Students who are registered for the event should expect to receive an email that contains additional information regarding event specifics and reminders. You can learn more about navigating a virtual career fair here

Once you register, make sure that you sign up for sessions with employers that you want to talk with. 

  • Group sessions are perfect for students who want to learn more about a company and its application process without the pressure of speaking to a recruiter one-on-one
  • One-on-one sessions are ideal for students who want to make an individual impression and strong connection with an organization. If you have a lot of specific questions, this may also be a good option for you. 

Once you’ve signed up for sessions, there are several other things you can do in preparation including:

  • Get your resume reviewed online and receive feedback immediately on VMock 
  • Practice your elevator pitch to get prepared for the inevitable “Tell me about yourself” question. You can also practice this online with VMock's Aspire tool

  • Prepare Questions! Develop questions from the company website or job applications. Career fairs are a great opportunity to ask recruiters about company culture, specific opportunities, and anything else about their roles that you're curious about. 

  • Stop by UVA Career Center Drop-In's on the 2nd Floor of Clemons or 1515 everyday from 1:00-4:30 to get interview pointers and resume advice. 

  • Make a longer individual appointment with a Career Counselor in Handshake to develop your strategy for the fair.  

Of course, there are many other ways you can prepare for the event, so these are just a few ideas. Additionally, make sure to dress professionally (at least from the waist up) and have a clean and professional background. With these tips and your additional preparation, you should be more than ready for the Data Analytics event! 

About the Author: Hi! My name is Katherine Calvert and I am a Career Peer Educator in the Business & Technology community at the Career Center. I am a second year in the College pursuing a B.A. in Economics, and I hope to eventually get an M.S. in Data Science.