Get Ready for the Graduate & Professional School Fair



By Stuart Esrock, Ph.D.

The Graduate and Professional School Fair is coming up on Wednesday, October 14, from 11 am to 2 pm.  Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, this event will be held on a virtual/remote basis. 

This event is a great opportunity for you to meet with graduate programs, business, law, medical, and public health schools. Universities of all sizes from around the region will be taking part including UofL, Bellarmine, UK, and IU as well as prominent national programs like Columbia University, Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Wisconsin to name just a few. Review the complete list of Registered Graduate and Professional Schools

In order to take part, you will need to register for the fair and then sign up for group sessions and/or individual sessions by Monday, October 12, 9:00 am.  Registration and sign-ups are made through Handshake career management system. If you have not used Handshake previously, you’ll need to set up your account and update your profile using your ULink user ID and password.  Log into Handshake using the UofL portal.  

Once logged in, you will be on Handshake’s homepage. Select the “Events” tab near the top of the page.  On the “Events” page, select “Career Fair” located at the top.  On the “Career Fair” page, you will see the Graduate and Professional School Fair and select that. Scroll down the page to see all information including the universities/programs that will be attending. Return to the previous page with the description of the event and scroll up. Select the blue “Register” button on the right. 

If your Handshake profile is set to private, a window will appear instructing you to change profile visibility to participate in the fair. The “Community” setting will allow you to participate in both 1-on-1 and Group sessions.

After registering, you will receive an email from Handshake confirming you have successfully registered. You can click on the link in the email to select sessions in which you have an interest and to meet individually with program representatives.

In the days prior to the Graduate and Professional School Fair: 

  • Make sure your profile is complete and up-to-date and privacy setting is on “Community.”
  • Have your resume reviewed by the UCC and uploaded into your Handshake account.
  • Ensure your webcam and microphone work.
  • Research programs for which you have scheduled sessions and have two or three appropriate questions ready to ask.
  • Dress professionally for your webcam session.

For detailed instructions, please review our handout Preparing for Virtual Career Fairs.  For additional tips about virtual career fairs, please visit our Career Fair website.