On Thursday, March 22, Niagara University held a Career Expo in the Gallagher Center for students, alumni and members of the community. The event connected 415 students with potential employers and provided an environment conducive for networking.
With 105 employers from the Western New York area in attendance, the Career Expo enabled students to become familiarized with the job market they will soon be entering. Students visited tables manned by company representatives and featuring promotional items. Handing out resumes to companies that best suited their needs, students left the event feeling excited about their potential opportunities.
“If Niagara hadn’t hosted this event, I’m not sure where I would have started looking for jobs,” said John Payne, a senior business administration major. “I handed out my resume to seven companies and I’m excited to hear back from them!”
The event offered students and alumni a welcoming place to begin their job searches while also meeting other students in their field. With resources scattered around the gym, students were comfortable reaching out to major companies in search of their next job.
The Career Expo hosted employers from many different fields, which offered a wide variety of possibilities for students not yet sure what they want to do after graduation. Speaking with the employers allowed for many to clarify their own goals and progress their job search even further.
The event was hosted Niagara University’s Office of Career Services and considered a success by many. All students were given a brochure with the names of the employers in attendance to help them navigate the event, while the first 300 students to arrive received a free T-shirt.
The event took place from 1-3:30 p.m. and many students stayed for the full event, speaking with and learning about potential employers. Some students even left the event with interviews set up.
“I came here thinking I would give a few resumes out if I liked a company, but I ran out of copies and I even got an interview for next week!” said Kirstie LaFrance, a senior criminal justice major.
Niagara University and Career Services worked together to offer another valuable experience for students. Bringing in employers from the area helped students learn about companies close by and took away the stressful step of figuring out how to apply for jobs after graduation.
For more resources and career advice, visit www.niagara.edu/career or call 716.286.8500.
Article by Natalie Jennings, a senior business administration major.