What is GRADFair?
Many career fairs emphasize undergraduate hiring. GRADFair is UChicago’s graduate student and postdoctoral-specific recruiter fair. Students and postdocs have the opportunity to meet with representatives from diverse hiring organizations in industry, nonprofits, and government, interested specifically in the advanced training that graduate students and postdocs receive at the University of Chicago. Attendees have the option to share their résumé with recruiters before the event. Across disciplines — from anthropology to economics, and from English to Chemistry — this is a chance to learn how organizations value the skills that graduate students and postdocs have, and to develop relationships with diverse hiring managers.
When and where is GRADFair?
GRADFair will take place on Thursday, October 17 from 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM in Ida Noyes Hall (1212 E. 59th St.).
Do I need to RSVP? And what is the deal with the résumé books?
Yes. When you RSVP (as a “job seeker”) before 10/11, you may opt to have your résumé included in a book that is provided to employers before the fair. If you RSVP after this time, you will still have the option to make your résumé available online to employers, but it will not be included in the official book. Nametags will also be provided to all registrants at the check-in table.
How can I prepare for GRADFair?
UChicagoGRAD hosts several preparatory programs in advance of GRADFair. RSVP for the event “Prepping for GRADFair” on Friday, October 11 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM (Events>GRAD Events) where you can learn more about GRADFair and ask questions. It is recommended that students and postdocs conduct research on hiring organizations before attending (including doing some digging on LinkedIn to find UChicago graduate alumni!). If you are checking this page after 10/11 and would like to see the slides from the presentation, please email Mike at email@example.com to request the slide deck.
Who is GRADFair For?
Hiring organizations are interested in doctoral students, master’s students, and postdocs from across disciplines. The UChicagoGRAD team invites a wide array of employers: from consultants to museums, and from trading firms to K-12 charter schools. Part of the purpose of the day is to demonstrate the diversity of places graduate students and postdocs can take the flexible training that they receive in the course of their training. All are welcome to participate in the evolving conversation about the value and purpose of graduate degrees.
What employers are participating?
In addition to the employers listed below, you can see more info about each employer in GRAD Gargoyle (view event as a “job seeker”) including disciplines and degree levels they are recruiting.
Allstate Insurance Company
American Family Insurance
Argonne National Laboratory
Arity (An Allstate Company)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Bronner Group, LLC
Carney, Sandoe & Associates
Center for Research Libraries
Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Clinical Outcomes Solutions
CultureFit Technology Staffing
Eli Lilly and Company
FBI Community Outreach Division
Fresenius Kabi AG
Graham Capital Management
Institute for Defense Analyses
International Innovation Corps
Noble Charter Schools
NORC at the University of Chicago
SBB Research Group
Teach For America
University Community Service Center (UCSC)
University of Chicago Library
University of Chicago Office of Special Programs – College Prep
Zurich North America