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What is a Virtual Trojan Talk?
Regardless of your class level or major, Virtual Trojan Talks (information sessions) are a great way to explore an organization or an industry. You do not need to know all about an organization to attend a Virtual Trojan Talk. In fact, employers are there to introduce themselves and get you excited about their organization. Providing insight on such topics as open positions and organization culture, they can also help you prepare for an upcoming interview. Every year, the Career Center facilitates hundreds of Trojan Talks, often in conjunction with On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) or Career Fairs.
The insights gained at a Virtual Trojan Talk can prove very valuable down the road, from demonstrating your interest to gaining a valuable new contact.
What Should I Expect?
Virtual Trojan Talks are typically one to two hours long and are organization-specific. Common topics include:
- Insight into organization culture
- Qualifications of new hires
- Details on the recruiting process
- Information about open positions
How Do I Get the Most Out of a Virtual Trojan Talk?
RSVP: Go to connectSC and click on “Events” –> “Trojan Talks” to review the list of upcoming sessions. If the option is available, RSVP in connectSC prior to attending. An employer may also have their own registration link you must fill out prior to attending their session. It is important to register before to the event date to receive URL information for the virtual session.
Prepare: A little preparation can make you stand out. Review the organization’s website, especially the “About Us,” “Services,” and “Careers” pages. Familiarize yourself with the programs that interest you. We recommend dressing in proper business casual or interview attire during the event. Many organizations go over information about their full-time and internships roles and their college recruiting timeline. 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 will 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 Virtual Trojan Talk?
Visit our events page to see a complete list.