By Casey Gale
Ambitious students and alumni have much to look forward to at this year’s fall career fair. Students of all majors will be given the chance to come face to face with recruiters and take their first steps toward entering the workforce.
The fall career fair will be held in the Student Recreation Center on Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will host representatives from a record 110 (and counting) employers on the hunt for interns and new hires.
“It is extremely important for top employers to visit Rider so that students have exposure to the firms and, likewise, the firms can get to know the students,” Victoria Marquardt, a senior accounting major, said.
Having attended the event in the past, Marquardt has found the experience to be helpful.
“I feel that visiting the career fair gave me a competitive edge over other students that have not visited it because I was able to meet the recruiters and network.”
According to Kevin Fallon, director of Career Services, Rider graduates often pursue careers in the accounting and global supply chain management fields. At least 18 career-fair companies will be looking to fill accounting positions. Prominent firms such as L’Oreal will seek global supply chain managers, with many others recruiting for different phases of supply chain management. Another popular career field, education, has its own career fair in March.
Not only will some of Rider’s most popular career fields be represented at the event, but the country’s most promising career fields for new graduates will also have a strong presence. According to the Huffington Post, the global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray, & Christmas, Inc., has projected that mathematics, finance, computer science and marketing are among the top fields experiencing growth. Per the firm’s report, these fields are expected to gain more than 50,000 jobs within the coming years.
State Farm Insurance is just one of many companies that will be at the career fair in search of marketing and finance employees. Additionally, computer science will have a significant presence at the fall career fair, as several companies will be searching for employees specializing in computer information systems.
Students and alumni will have plenty of chances to network with recruiters in the growing areas of employment. Twelve of the Fortune 500 companies for 2013, and three of the Big Four accounting firms, will be represented at the event.
“I think it is worthwhile to attend every year,” said Sarah Lopez, a senior marketing and management dual major. Lopez has received multiple internship offers at past Rider career fairs.
Though the fall career fair is open to all majors and will offer prospects to those in many fields of study, some students may walk away empty-handed because not every major is represented by employers. However, Fallon hopes that students will not grow discouraged if their ideal employer does not visit campus.
“The Career Services office is happy to train students on the use of LinkedIn and other social media sites to connect with Rider graduates working for their desired employer,” he said. “We have to overcome the perception that students think because a company doesn’t come here means they can’t get a job there. Nothing is further from the truth.”
Whether a student finds an opportunity in a growing field or desires a position that is not advertised at the fall career fair, Fallon said that students should remain optimistic about the prospect of obtaining a top internship or job.
“Any top student has a shot with any company,” he said.