On Tuesday, Sept. 10, Career Services hosted its annual accounting and finance employment fair in Curtiss Hall from 4 to 6 p.m.
“What we try to do here is provide students and alums with full-time, part-time, co-op and internship opportunities within the accounting and finance fields,” said Tom Barnikow, the interim associate director of Career Services.
Barnikow said 30 employers attended the fair, including many public accounting firms. Employers were looking for people for both part-time and full-time positions.
“We were hoping to … bridge the gap between the students who need the positions and the employers who have them,” he said.
Angie Bondon, an accounting fifth-year, attended the fair since she will be graduating in May.
“This is a good way for me to meet new people and try to get my foot in the door somewhere,” she said.
Bondon has attended three accounting and finance employment fairs. She said a lot of the faces there for her last visit looked familiar.
“It’s important that you get those networking skills,” she said. “ I’m not a very good public speaker so it gives me interview practice. It’s great meeting people face to face and seeing what different companies are about. It’s always good to go just to get your face shown.”
Bill Stec, the interim director of Career Services, said it is important for students to meet employers.
“This is the face-to-face interaction they’re going to have for the first time with these firms,” he said. “There are so many applicants that come through their databases. They want to match the face to the name on the resume at the employment fairs.”
Stec said the employers who attend fairs are serious about recruiting students as interns and employees.
“These companies take their time and money out of their day to come to our university to meet our students, and I can guarantee you they’re going to come out of there with multiple interview requests,” he said. “At least ten of these firms out of the thirty have already scheduled our conference rooms later this fall for the first round of interviews.”
Stec said students who are undecided should attend employment fairs to help them decide their career path.
“I want to know what their passion is because that passion is in these rooms (we hold career fairs in), and they just have to … figure out who these companies are,” he said.