TOC registration requires more benefits for students

The line for this year’s Technical Opportunities Conference (TOC) ran out the door, trailed along half of the University Center, crossed the Cut, and finally ended in front of Purnell. In other words, it was quite long.

And this was the line for people who had registered ahead of time. It stands to reason that, if the registered line was this long, the line for those who did not register ahead of time would be even longer — but the unregistered line was much shorter and faster.

The most visible benefit of registering was a preprinted name tag. We’re not sure how much weight future employers put on a snazzy name tag, but it seems that forgoing that luxury would have gotten students into the conference and making connections about 20 minutes earlier than their registered peers.

And with the 266 different companies that attended the TOC this year, there were a lot of connections to be made. So next year, if the process for registered students isn’t improved, we encourage students to flout convention and just show up at the conference unregistered.

Beside the name tag, registration allowed students to submit a digital copy of their résumé for recruiter review. Additionally, registered students were submitted in drawings for giveaway prizes. While the prizes seem fun, being able to submit your résumé is a valuable asset. However, being able to get into the career fair and meet face-to-face with recruiters can potentially be much more fruitful for your employment opportunities, and students shouldn’t have to risk that face time for added perks.

With so much going on during the week of TOC, and with registration currently providing little overall benefit to students, they should forgo the registration process in the future. Students are striving to network and make an impression in order to land that dream job, and registration currently hinders that.

Unless the registration process is revamped by the appropriate organizations in order to better serve the needs of these students, most people should skip it and focus on the rest of the career fair.