For the first time this year, construction management was added to the lineup, and seven firms, including Turner Construction Company, Skanska and INTECH Construction, were on hand to recruit students from both undergraduate and graduate construction management programs.
Eddie Esteves, a building information modeling (BIM) engineer at Turner Construction, was on campus for the first time. “We saw this as an opportunity to come and talk to students about coming to work for us.”
The firms attending included PVH Corp., parent company of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein; CBIZ MHM; Kohl’s Department Stores; Lilly Pulitzer; Ross Stores; Target; Verizon and Victoria’s Secret. They are recruiting for students in accounting and finance, fashion merchandising and management, marketing, psychology, engineering, professional communications, law and society and construction management fields.
“Corporate Connections is a wonderful opportunity for employer partners to recruit talent from Philadelphia University,” said Tracy DePedro, director of the Career Services Center. “Many of the employers, including some of our alumni, remarked on the professionalism and preparedness of the PhilaU students.”
Olivia Ramsey, a fashion merchandising senior, was interested in talking to employers about marketing and merchandising positions. “The last I was here I spoke with people from Tommy Hilfiger, and it taught me a lot about interviewing,” she said.
Bilal Khan, a senior finance major, planned to speak with representatives from Verizon and Customers Bank. “It’s a more personal opportunity to connect with an employer,” he said.
Alumna Jennifer Pilgrim, architectural studies ’08, M.S. construction management ’10, an environmental health and safety engineer at Skanska, was back on campus with several colleagues to recruit both for full-time positions and interns. Skanska, which has 39 offices nationwide, is scouting for talent at PhilaU because of “the quality of the graduates coming out of a program like this,” she said. PhilaU’s construction management program, she said, “is becoming more and more recognized in the industry.”
Career Connections is one of four major recruitment events that takes place during the academic year. Coming up will be the Virtual Fashion Career Fair in November, the Career and Internship Fair in February and Design Expo in April.