Recruiting season opens with annual fall career fair

Photo courtesy of Matthew Marcon

Photo courtesy of Matthew Marcon

Perfect weather and sunshine set the scene on Wednesday, October 5, as Fordham students of all different ages gathered for the university’s fall Career and Internship Fair at the Rose Hill campus. More than 100 companies and organizations had tables lined up at the Lombardi Fieldhouse, representing an array of fields for all of those who attended the fair.

Nearly all of the companies who were present offered internship programs for undergraduates, as well as part-time and full-time opportunities for grad and undergrad students.

J.P. Morgan, CBS News, Peace Corps, Michael Kors, and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) were among the vast number of brands that participated in the fair. In addition, four of Fordham’s signature partners for 2016-2017 had their tables at the head of the room, those companies being Northwestern Mutual, Standard Motor Products, Target, and Ernst & Young. These signature partners are part of a program that work to maximize recruiting effectiveness as well as build their brand at Fordham and provide Fordham students with unique access to the organizations.

One Fordham student reflected on her own success at the fair with one of the largest accounting firms in the world, Ernst & Young.

“The career fair was an amazing opportunity to connect with recruiters and companies. The first career fair I went to gave me the change to personally network with my dream company,” said Margaret Ling (GABELLI BS ’19), referencing the Accounting and Finance Career Fair on September 21st.

“This time around, I went back to talk to the same recruiter at EY again, which resulted in her remembering me and even referring me for a chance to have coffee with a senior partner of the company tomorrow at Rose Hill with a select group of students.”

Similar stories of success with recruiters have occurred from all of Fordham’s fairs, and students are strongly encouraged to go and network, no matter what grade or program they are in. Ling’s story is the perfect example of what one conversation can do for your future, and she emphasized the importance of students, especially undergraduates like herself, participating in the fairs.

“Attending these events are the perfect way to build relationships with potential employers,” said Ling. “I’m so incredibly excited and grateful that the university provides us with these opportunities!”

Missed the fair? No worries! Be sure to check out the Common Good Career Fair (to be held in the Student Lounge at Rose Hill’s McGinley Center) on November 2nd from 3pm to 5pm for more great opportunities, as well as Fordham’s Career and Internship Fair in the spring!

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