What to expect out of this year’s Union career fair


The Becker Career Center will be hosting a campuswide career fair on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. in College Park Hall.

It is expected that over 80 organizations will be represented and around 400 students will be in attendance.

For-profit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, graduate schools, government agencies and fellowship representatives will be among those present at the fair.

Senior Associate Director of Employer Relations at Becker Career Center Rochelle Caruso stated that this variety of representatives means that the event will be directed at students from every academic discipline.

She also said that the career fair could help students interested in, “internships, gap year opportunities, fellowships and graduate school programs as well as full time jobs.”

Caruso encourages students of all class years to attend the fair.

She emphasized that the fair is not only aimed at helping graduating students on their job search, but it also can help younger students network and explore potential career fields.

“We’ve had quite an increase over the past few of years of freshmen and sophomores (attending), which is really exciting … It gives students a sense of what’s out there early on and what it takes to compete for the opportunities so that they can engage in internships and better prepare themselves for post graduate opportunities.”

Caruso said that a majority of the organizations represented at the career fair are returning from previous years, and many representatives of the organizations are Union alumni. The alumni, according to Caruso, are hoping to “recruit Union talent.”

She said that the Union alumni are “the best advocates to students as to why it’s a good place to be, so that’s really exciting that we always have so many alums.”

While Becker Career Center partners with other organizations for career fairs, this is the only on-campus career fair held at Union.

Other fairs include ones located in Boston and New York City for post-graduate opportunities in those locations, and some that are directed to students of specific majors. In contrast, this career fair does not focus on specific fields or locations.

If students are interested in attending the career fair, they can do so by registering through HireU.

Caruso highly recommends that students attend a prep session in advance of the fair in order to “make the most of the event the day of,” and ensure that they are well prepared.

She wanted to further remind students that they should wear professional dress, bring updated and edited copies of their resumes and rehearse a short personal introduction.

“For students early on in their career, it’s a great way to network and interact with employers and graduate school representatives, just to learn what is out there and practice their networking skills. Upper class students can make those connections to secure internships, full time opportunities and graduate school program opportunities,” said Caruso.

GlobalFoundries, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Proctors Theatre are among 56 organizations listed on HireU as attending the career fair.




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