Students Prepare for Success at Fall Career Fair
Friday, September 6, 2019
by Jeffrey Martin '04, '05 (M.A.)
Students looking to take the first steps on their path to personal and professional success will find ample opportunity at the Fall Career Fair on Thursday, Sept. 19 in the Athletics Center. A variety of industries and fields will be represented at the event, giving students the chance to meet and network with over 175 potential employers in finance, retail, marketing, advertising, government and the nonprofit sector.
The fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., is designed to open doors for students from all areas of study. Josh Nicastro ’20, an international relations major, discovered as much when he attended the event last fall.
Nicastro has a passion for law, but was unsure whether he’d find something relevant to his goals at the career fair until he came upon a booth staffed by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. He spoke with the representative about an internship opportunity and handed over a copy of his résumé. Because he had switched majors after his freshman year, Nicastro was afraid that his accomplishments wouldn’t stand out against other applications.
“It was all uncharted territory for me,” he recalls. “But I believe that meeting people face to face and showing them what you’re about can make a bigger impression than a résumé alone.”
Nicastro got the internship and spent the last summer working in the Attorney General’s Philadelphia office. His work ethic impressed his colleagues, who introduced him to civil and criminal agents in other offices. He hopes that the introductions will lead to future job opportunities. In the meantime, though, Nicastro is capitalizing on another connection he made at the career fair and interning with the Philadelphia field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, helping officials there do real case work.
“I don’t have any family or friends with a background in law enforcement, so I didn’t have an existing foundation to start from,” Nicastro says. “The internships I got through the career fair are now that foundation.”
The Career Fair is the highlight in an ongoing series of events held by the Career Development Center. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, students are invited to a Career Luau from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the lawn outside Villiger Hall, where staff from the center will provide information on available resources, including the Handshake job portal. On Friday, Sept. 13, and Monday, Sept. 16, the center will host all-day résumé reviews and a pop-up professional dress shop featuring donated business clothing. During the month of October, the center will host a series of meet-ups and workshops as part of Career Conversations Month. For more information on career-focused events, visit the center’s website.