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More Employers, Enhanced Offerings for Rose Hill and Lincoln Center Career Fairs

More Employers, Enhanced Offerings for Rose Hill and Lincoln Center Career Fairs

More than 100 companies attended Fordham Career Fairs this fall to recruit students for jobs and internships.

By Jennifer Spencer

There are several indicators that the economy may be improving, if slowly. Unemployment numbers are down. Companies who were laying off employees last year are hiring this year.

More than 100 such companies attended Fordham Career Fairs this fall to recruit students for jobs and internships.

"The vibe that I get is that there are opportunities out there," said Kathlene Lewis, associate director of employer relations and Gabelli School of Business liaison for the Office of Career Services.

"It's not always the well-known big banks, but there are a lot of smaller companies that are really ramping up their college recruiting," she said. "There's a great variety of companies, and many of the startups have a lot to offer."

Two career fairs were held this fall. A September 19 event focused on accounting and finance opportunities, while the October 4 Career and Internship Fair offered general opportunities and was attended by 574 students.

Lewis said both events showed a significant increase in employer and student participation this year. The Accounting and Finance Career Fair attracted 45 percent more students than last year's event.

The increased participation is part of an ongoing education campaign to let students know about the value of these events, no matter where they are in their college career and job search.

"We are seeing more and more freshmen and sophomores attending. It's good practice for them to speak to employers and speak about themselves," Lewis said. "That way, they are more comfortable when they get to their junior and senior year, when it really counts."

Sara Harran, director of campus recruitment for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network: The Russo Group, attended both fall fairs at Fordham. She said she books most of her interview appointments with candidates she meets at fairs.

Harran said career fairs give her an opportunity to meet qualified students in an environment where they can really shine.

"A career fair is like a pre-interview. It's different from looking at someone's resume and giving them a call. At a fair, you're seeing them react to other people in the area, and you know they're interested in doing something that would add value to their career," Harran said.

Mojdeh Ghanbarian is an accounting major who attended both fall fairs. She said the preparation she received through Career Services workshops helped her make the most out of the opportunity, and that she has interviewed for internships with employers she met at the fair.

"Employers are very interested in speaking to students. You want to show your face to the recruiters, to let them know you're interested, and have them be familiar with you," said Ghanbarian, a junior in the Gabelli School of Business.

Fordham Career Services staff said they are also gearing up to launch a new career fair at Lincoln Center this winter.

The January 30 event will focus on opportunities in the arts, media, and service industry.

While the career fairs have traditionally been at Rose Hill given space constraints at the Lincoln Center campus, Lewis said the Career Services team is working to make access to employers as easy as possible.

"Though Rose Hill is by no means far from Lincoln Center, we recognize that many Lincoln Center students already commute to campus. While all our career fairs include a diverse group of employers, we wanted to gear this one specifically to the Lincoln Center community."

Students can learn more about upcoming events at the Career Services website.

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