Yesterday, February 14th, we had the opportunity to table at University at Albany's Job and Internship Fair among dozens of other companies. The SEFCU arena was filled with hundreds of students, dressed in their best attire, hoping to make good first impressions on employers.
Companies such as News Channel 13 and the EY organization provided opportunities for students to leave their resumes, speak on past work experiences and network for possible post-grad openings and entry-level positions. “I think that the career fair is such a valuable experience because it allows us to reach out to companies that we might not otherwise have the chance to meet. I’ve never seen so many students strive to network so early on in their college careers. It inspires me to start job hunting now rather than later,” says Precious Goodluck, a junior at UAlbany.
For rising juniors and seniors, the job fair provided the perfect opportunity for students to secure internships that can further help them develop professional skills and build their resumes. Students also gained insight into what different kinds of careers are available in their field of interest as well as tips needed to impress future employers. Rory Zipper, Agency Managing Director for Mass Mutual, featured in the picture above, gave some advice for students as they attend career fairs. "Be yourself and show your personality to each person you talk to," he said.
Representatives from different companies also provided advice for students looking to jump start their careers. “It is really important for students to focus on the depth of their courses, especially the 300-400 level classes because this will give them insight into what a career in that field will look like,” says Zina Lawrence, director of Graduate Student Services
Over 40 students stopped by and showed interest in becoming a MASH intern. If you didn't get a chance to stop by our booth but are still interested in interning with MASH, feel free to provide your information down below and we will get back to you!