Spring 2020 Virtual Career Fair Recap

On Wednesday, April 22 2020, the SHU Center for Career & Professional Development hosted their inaugural Virtual Career & Internship Fair! In all, 25 organizations participated along with over 180+ students and alumni.  Utilizing the recruitment software, Brazen – students were able to set up a candidate profile, and sign up for individual meeting slots with employer representatives.  In all, 414 individual conversations were held discussion various internship and full-time professional opportunities.

Participating employers included:

Access Physical Therapy and Wellness, AFLAC, Americares, Amity Physical Therapy, Boys & Girls Village, ESPN, EY LLP, Harc Inc, Hartford Healthcare, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest, Lenovo, Make-A-Wish Connectivut, Mthree, New York Mets, New York State Department of Corrections, Northwestern Mutual – Meadows, Northwestern Mutual – Fairfield, Nuvance Health, Peace Corps, Public Allies CT, Techtronic Industires, TracyLocke, US Navy Recruiting District New England, Unite for Sight, Wallingford Medical Recruiting Station.

What employers are saying:

“Ultimately it went really well – it was actually kind of nice to be able to set how many people you’d like to talk to at once, which is something you can’t do at a physical career fair. Definitely had some great conversations with future potential interns, so I appreciate you putting this on!” – Americares

“What a cool, innovative way to talk to the students and keep them engaged during such an uncertain time.” –Northwestern Mutual – Fairfield

“Platform made it very easy to operate” – TTI

The students and faculty that I spoke with were all very engaging and polished…I thought it was a great way to interact with students under the circumstances and we were delighted to be included” – Unite for Sight

**100% of employers indicated “Yes” to intentions of attending our next virtual fair!

What students are saying:

“The virtual career fair was a great way to get students involved with companies that could help with our future. It felt like there was less pressure with it being online but I was still able to get contacts for jobs that would be great for me. “ – Mary Class of 2121

“I personally think the virtual career fair hosted by SHU’s office of career development was a tremendous success. Not only did it provide a chance to network with recruiters, but it mimicked a real career fair without the built up stressors (such as crowds of people). I am grateful for this opportunity to connect with top employers during such an uncertain time period” – Katia Class of 2020

“The virtual career fair, turned out to be a great success, hosted by SHU’s Career Development office.  Compared to a traditional career fair, this alternative still fulfilled all the major outcomes allowing students and recruiters to connect. I appreciate the efforts given to still make it possible to network with employers even during such unprecedented times.”

By Mike Twerago
Mike Twerago Director of Operations, Data & Recruitment