Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Thursday, September 17, 2015
I think it's incredibly wise for freshmen to attend career fairs. Not only does it help the student become comfortable with the career fair setting, but it also allows the student to begin networking early in their college career. While most companies do not have work opportunities for freshmen, there are still reasons to talk to employers. First, it's always great to meet professionals and learn more about companies. Second, it presents a great opportunity to ask for professional advice. I recommend you have a few questions to ask employers such as, "What advice do they have for a freshman to build their resume, so they are a competitive candidate for internships/full-time positions in the future?" or "When the times comes to apply for positions, what can I expect from the process?". Employers will be impressed with your forward-thinking and wisdom to seek advice. Using career fairs as a learning experience while a freshman will set you up for success when you attend them as an upperclassman.