ECF – Behind the scenes (part II)

by Markos Kiosseoglou

(Continued from Part I)

Finally, after months of preparation, the day comes when the actual Career Fair Weekend (comprised of an Exhibition Day and two Interview Days) is just a few hours away. And on the night before (usually a Friday) is when magic happens. One cannot describe the feeling of seeing the MIT Johnson Truck converted from a simple gym to an Exhibition center within only a few hours (see video in the end).

Even if up to that point you were not part of the AV/Booklet/Shipping or whatever else team, you are now ready to help and contribute. It’s incredible to see people running around, setting up tables, chairs, curtains and anything else necessary in order to have everything ready for the following day. It is like pieces of a puzzle coming together. And this is part of the magic of the ECF. Even if you are not completely aware of it, you are contributing to something great. And it really feels so strange to be part of the magic, part of the team.

During the Fair Day, the magic continues and you feel really proud to be part of this. I personally felt like being a host to my own party. And as a host you have privileges and obligations. You get the chance to welcome the companies as if they are your guest, get the chance to talk to experienced professionals that you would never had the chance to talk to in other circumstances but at the same time as a host you have to make sure that everything runs smoothly and be ready to overcome any difficulties.

Concluding I really enjoyed being part of the 2012 ECF team. I made some good friends that I will hopefully stay in touch with, met some interesting people and invested my time to something that was completely worth it. A Career Fair organized by a group of students, for students across the globe who study in the United States.

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Favorite Places to Live

This week we asked previous participants of the European Career Fair where would they like to live.  Here are some of their answers:

“I would like to live in Switzerland, because there is good snow, good chocolate and nice people!”– Pilar M.

“I would like to live in Boston  because of all the incredible people living here and the very nice landscape of the city.” – Frederic H.

“I would like to live in Hungary because all my best friends are living there.”                              – Zsuzsanna N.

“I would like to live in Scandinavia because they have a solid educational and scientific reputation and because while it might be cold, they have good skiing, mountains, and the sea all within easy reach. Plus the Danish pastries are amazing!” – Ida L.

“I would like to live in Amsterdam, because people in the Netherlands are supposedly the happiest in the world. And they’re really tall.” – Koen V.

“I would like to live in France, because they have the best croissants!”                                 – Melanie M.

“I would like to live in Berlin, because this city has a great vibe.”                                           – Smaro P.

“I would like to live in Spain, because it is absolutely gorgeous.”                                            – Brittany B.

“I would like to live in Scandinavia because they have a solid educational and scientific reputation and because while it might be cold, they have good skiing, mountains, and the sea all within easy reach. Plus the Danish pastries are amazing!” – Ida L.

We are including also a special contribution by the Chair of the European Career Fair:

“I would like to live in Boston, because I love to be part of the ECF Team and helping others to find a dream job in their dream city.”

Where would you like to live? And why?  We would love to hear from you about your favorite cities and countries in the comments below, on our Facebook or Twitter!