View this quick video on “Trojan Talks 101” to get started:
What is a Trojan Talk?
Regardless of your class or major, Trojan Talks are a great way to explore an organization or an industry. You do not need to know all about an organization to attend a Trojan Talk. In fact, employers are there to introduce themselves to you and get you excited about their organization. Providing insight on such topics as open positions and organizational culture, they can also help you prepare for an upcoming interview. Every year, the Career Center facilitates hundreds of Trojan Talks on or near campus, often in conjunction with On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) or Career Fairs.
The insights gained at a Trojan Talk can prove very valuable down the road, from demonstrating your interest to gaining a valuable new contact.
What Should I Expect?
Trojan Talks are typically one to two hours long and are organization-specific. Common topics include:
- Insight into organization culture
- What the organization is seeking in new hires
- Details on the recruiting process
- Information about open positions
How Do I Get the Most Out of a Trojan Talk?
RSVP: If the option is available, make sure to RSVP on connectSC prior to attending. It is also important to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of the event. Arriving early with an RSVP prioritizes your entrance to the event if it reaches capacity. Those who have not registered in advance for the event will be allowed to attend on a space-available basis. You need to cancel your RSVP in advance if you are unable to attend.
Prepare: A little preparation can make you stand out. Check out the organization’s website. We recommend dressing in proper business casual or interview attire during the event. Many organizations will have a section on internships or college recruiting. Familiarize yourself with the programs that interest you. To see if you qualify for any of their open positions, explore their opportunities in connectSC.
Academic/Class Conflicts: You should avoid missing class to attend a Trojan Talk or other recruitment events. You should coordinate with your professor if any absences are unavoidable.
During the Event: Approach interactions with employers and alumni with care and professionalism. Turn off cell phones during a Trojan Talk and provide your full attention to the speaker.
Take Notes: Employers will share details about their organization, any open positions, as well as their work culture. In addition, they should give you an idea of what you can expect from their recruiting process, the interview itself, and next steps.
Ask Questions: At the end of the organization’s presentation, the employers will inevitably ask, “Any questions?” If you have a question, do not be shy! Chances are someone else is wondering the same thing you are.
How Do I Find an Upcoming Trojan Talk?
Visit our events page to see a complete list.