First Avenue Career & Grad School EXPO Featuring Free Alumni Networking Luncheon

Note for recruiters:  Registration has been extended Register today to Work smart and meet 300-500 talented students representing over 80 degree paths from 4 premier institutions including Pacific University all in one place. Register Here!

"Having participated in the Expo made me feel comfortable and confident talking with employers and recruiters."
—Student Attendee

About the EXPO

Next Expo will be in the Spring of 2020 | University of Portland, Chiles Center

*This is a university sanctioned event and students may be excused from class. Please make arrangements directly with instructors. Register to ride the Pacific Van to the event at

The First Avenue Career Expo brings students, alumni, and recruiters together to discuss career paths and opportunities. Over 150 recruiters from hiring employers and graduate programs come to meet our students.  Many of these opportunities are posted on the website for students to review before attending.

Free Alumni Networking Luncheon:  Join successful alumni from the four host colleges and universities (including Pacific) for a career cluster networking conversation!  Meet directly with alumni arranged in career cluster conversation groups.  These alumni professionals have insights to share about their career path, employers, jobs, and industries. Brief bios of these alumni will be on the website before the event, so plan ahead.

The CDC is underwriting student registration fees so there is no cost to students. However, students must first pre-register on the First Avenue website


Advice from a former Pacific Senior, and Student-Worker at the CDC —

"All of this is easy to take for granted now, but will be much less accessible and affordable after graduation when the resources are not so close at hand. It's a stellar opportunity for students to practice talking with people about who they are and what they are seeking with respect to careers, and regardless of how solid or tentative these ideas are, speaking them aloud with others will be helpful. Events like this allow people to get out of their own heads and the resulting reality shock can trigger insights and action. Kind of like the difference between dreaming of being more fit and actually going to the gym.

An event like this can be a catalyst for shaping and pursuing next steps after graduation. Whether the event sharpens your focus or exposes the need for one, the Expo will move the process along. Experience confirms that students who prepare for the Expo and keep an open mind when meeting professionals, will come away better equipped to formulate next steps in a career plan."