Some 275 enthusiastic students gathered in The Kanbar Campus Center Feb. 14 to meet with a full house of 45 employers attending this year’s Career and Internship Fair.
One of the major recruiting events held at PhilaU, the Career and Internship Fair allows students to meet with employers in their fields for both scheduled and impromptu interviews and to discuss career plans in a casual, communal setting.
“The Career and Internship Fair gives employers the opportunity to explore emerging talent for their full-time and internship opportunities while giving students the opportunity to present themselves to employers beyond just what their resumes’ state,” said Trish Shafer, director of career services.
Shafer said the event was subscribed to capacity by employers and that hiring appeared to be returning to more typical levels since the start of the economic recession in 2008. “I’m approving ten to 15 jobs a day for posting,” she said.
Management student David Vazquez ’13 said the fair offered a “much more relaxed environment as opposed to a job interview, so you can have real conversations with these employers.”
As eager as the students were to meet with prospective employers, the employers in attendance were just as enthusiastic to meet with students qualified to fill the internship and full-time job opportunities their businesses are offering.
John Fitch, a 2002 PhilaU fashion design graduate who is now senior technical designer for Under Armour, attended the fair because of his high confidence in the abilities of PhilaU students. “Everywhere I’ve been I’ve come across alumni from PhilaU,” he said. “They all have had a great base and skill set to build on.”
The event was open to those in the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce and the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, giving students at PhilaU the chance to meet with potential employers to talk about their professions, discuss the do’s and don’ts of job hunting and, in some cases, schedule formal job interviews for after the fair.
“This isn’t my first rodeo, but I still get excited every time,” said Dominique Bandoo, a fourth-year fashion design student and career fair veteran. Bandoo was well prepared for the day’s meet and greet with employers: “I went to career services, which helped me prepare my portfolio and coached me on the proper etiquette for interviewing.”