More than 120 employers and 500 job-seekers attended Niagara University’s annual Career Expo on March 27. This was the university’s largest career fair to date, and companies looking to fill internships, part-time, full-time, and seasonal opportunities represented a wide variety of industries. Forty of those recruiters were Niagara University alumni.
Niagara University Career Services organizes the fair, and worked with the students before the event to help them develop their resumes and cover letters, and get ready to connect with the employers.
“Year after year, employers comment on how well-prepared our students are to hit the ground running,” said Stephanie Morris, director of Career Services.
Employers who attended included Citizens Bank, Rich Products, Lactalis American Group Inc., New York State Police, Goldberg Segalla LLP, McDermid Financial Group, Pegula Sports & Entertainment, Spectrum Networks, Wegmans Food Markets, and Praxair, Inc.
“I was really impressed with the candidates that we received from this year's Career Expo,” said Niagara alumnus Andy Morath, ’06, MBA’11, senior financial analyst at Lactalis American Group. “They were informed, professional, and approachable. The event was well-organized and very welcoming. It was easy to find, and the staff was extremely helpful getting set up and driving qualified students to our table.”
“They (the students) presented themselves very well in terms preparedness and appearance,” said New York State trooper Jeffery Bebak. “While they were dressed for success, they were equally impressive in terms of being business ready for the job world. Through conversations, it was great to see how goal-driven all the students were, regardless of their career field. Many students were open-minded, seeking employment opportunities outside the norm of their education.”
“This year's career fair was successful in the number of employer and student attendees, but also with respect to the number of alumni that returned,” Morris said. “Having an event of such scale also encourages faculty and staff to network with employers, which often leads to additional opportunities of engagement through classroom and club presentations.”