I attended the Career Fair a few weeks ago and was able to cover it for the Endicott Observer. Check out my recap!
This year’s Career Fair had quite the turnout, with nearly one hundred employers present including EF College Break, HP Hood LLC, and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to Dale McLennan, director of the Career Center here at Endicott, this event has been growing each year and this year the space was maxed out.
Junior Josh Drew attended this year’s Career Fair for the first time and even just after a few minutes, felt that it was a great way to “get your name and your face out there.” He said that even if you don’t necessarily have a great amount of interest in the companies present, “it never hurts to get some extra experience with interviews.”
Freshman Erik Evans also attended the fair for the first time, explaining that his internship coordinator recommended that he attend. Evans isn’t exactly sure about his major, so he saw this event as a chance to see what kind of opportunities are out there. As a freshman, he said “putting yourself out there can be intimidating,”pbut he is glad that he had the experience.
One of the many benefits of an event like this is that students are able to see where Endicott alums are working post-graduation. Last year at this time, Chrissy Nardini, Class of 2014, wasn’t sure what her next step would be. Upon seeing the AmeriCorps booth at the Career Fair, Nardini decide to make the one-year service commitment to “test the waters and see if [her] skills could be used.” She said that even if she doesn’t decide to commit to another year, it has been such a great opportunity to gain life skills as well as figure out what is, and isn’t, right for her.
Similarly, Casey Arnold found her current full-time job at Digital Bungalow when she visited the booth at last year’s Career Fair. However, at the time, Arnold was set on finding a job in Boston. At first, a smaller marketing company in Salem didn’t seem up her alley, but she decided to give it a try and sent them her resume. The company ended up offering her a paid summer internship, which led to a semester internship in the fall part-time, and now a full-time job that she loves. Arnold stressed how glad she was that she took the chance, and how she probably wouldn’t be in her current position had she not gotten her name out there at the Career Fair.
The Langham Hotels group is a rapidly growing luxury hotel chain that loves hiring Hospitality students from Endicott. The closest hotel is the Langham Hotel in Boston, at which Robin White works as the Human Resources Director. Currently, this hotel has multiple sales managers that are Endicott alumni, and has worked with numerous Endicott interns throughout the years. White expressed that intern positions at the Langham often lead to full time positions after graduation, with many possibilities to move around in the company, including transfers or promotions to other locations in Europe or Asia.
Dana Nye of the MBTA Police Department set up a booth at the Career Fair for the first time this year. Officer Nye loves the chance to speak to aspiring police officers about the process to become an officer. She says that often times, the people she speaks with are not necessarily looking for a job with the MBTA, but trying to learn more about the police world. She made a great point: making connections is always a good thing, even when they don’t lead to a job. The next time you talk to a possible employer, you will be that much more confident and knowledgeable about the field.
So maybe you aren’t quite ready to be sent off into the big, bad ‘real world.’ Or you don’t know what you want to be ‘when you grow up,’tand that’s okay. After graduation, you don’t necessarily have to get a job. Endicott College’s Van Loan School was present at the Career Fair, ready to provide students with graduate school options.
Hopefully you attended the Career Fair and were able to get your name out there, explore employment opportunities that interest you, or even just take a professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, it’s never too early to start making connections!