Career Crash Course, Free Food, and Friendly Smiles Help Prepare Students for Job Search Season
by Jennifer Spencer
The first few weeks of school are jam-packed with settling into new living arrangements, finding your feet in classes, and reconnecting with friends. But it’s also a key time for all students to start making preparations for the job search season, which is just around the corner.
“The fall is really heavy with recruiting. A lot of employers will do either on-campus interviews or career fairs, and are looking for students for this coming summer. It really is prime time for students to start thinking about professional development,” said Kathlene Lewis, associate director of employer relations and Gabelli School of Business liaison.
To kick off the year, Career Services is launching a new event called the Career Crash Course, “a one-day crash course for anything professional-development related,” Lewis said.
The first half of the Crash Course will offer students the opportunity to complete all four of the mandatory workshops that Career Services requires for students to be granted access to on-campus recruiting opportunities.
After a keynote speech from job search site Indeed.com about how to make the most of a career fair, students can participate in mock interviews and resume review sessions with employers at the event.
Lewis said it’s valuable for students to hear feedback directly from employers.
“It’s one thing for us to get the message across, but when students hear it from an employer, it really does mean more,” she said.
The Career Crash Course is timed to help students prepare for the big career fairs in the fall.
Other important fall events and dates include a Dining Etiquette and Fashion Show event, always popular for its free four-course meal, and the application deadline for the Fordham Mentoring Program.
Staff encourage students of all classes to stop by their office and learn about the resources provided by Career Services, even if a job search seems years away. Even for freshmen, starting the conversation now helps prepare the path for future opportunities.
“It's never too early to get involved, to ask questions, to start exploring and reflecting on where you’re going next,” said Cassie Sklarz, associate director and manager of special programs and assessment, Rose Hill.
“I think we're one of the last offices parents think of when their students are first getting to campus. They’re worried about whether you got registered, paid your bill, and whether you’re eating. But we're an office with a friendly face, and all our staff and are excited to see and to help students,” she said.
At Lincoln Center, those friendly Career Services faces are hard to miss. Since the Lincoln Center Career Services outpost is at 33 W. 60th St., down the street from the main building, staff and student career ambassadors set up a table just outside the Lincoln Center cafeteria nearly every day.
Students are welcome to drop by at any time and ask questions or learn how to get more information about job search resources, said Holly Rotchin, associate director of career services, Lincoln Center.
“We want to be as accessible as possible. Every staff member will spend time at the table. You can talk to us about anything. If you have your resume, we’d be more than happy to talk about it. We talk about things as general as, ‘I don't know what I want to do,’ or as specific as people want,” Rotchin said.
Fordham’s student career ambassadors also host special events in the Plaza throughout the year. Last year, a “Cupcakes and Careers” event was a tremendous success. Rotchin said students can anticipate more sweet treats and great advice.
The highlight of the year at Lincoln Center is the Arts, Media, and Service career and internship fair, coming up on January 29. Last year’s fair was a huge success, with more than 600 students attending, and many landing not just one but two internships as a result.
Rotchin said that 100 percent of the employers who participated last year have asked to return for the 2014 fair.
“The employer feedback was unprecedented, “Rotchin said. “They rated Fordham students as being more competitive than any other school they’ve seen.”
Fall 2013 Career Services Highlights
More information on all events is available to students by logging in to CareerLink. For more information or help with CareerLink, contact Career Services.
● September 19: Career Crash Course, McGinley Ballroom and Music Room, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
● September 20: Deadline for Fordham Mentoring Program Applications (sophomores, juniors, and seniors only)
● September 25: Accounting and Finance Career Fair
● October 9: Fall Career and Internship Fair (General)
● November 13: Dining Etiquette and Fashion Show
● January 29: Arts, Media, and Service Career and Internship Fair