The Center for Career and Professional Development hosted its 2nd annual Employer Career Connection Fair for the upcoming graduates in SHU’s Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program on Monday, November 16, 2020 from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Unlike last year’s event, this exclusive invitation only, PA specific career fair was conducted in a virtual space that was intimate, engaging, and interactive.
Employer partners for the fair were Hartford Health Care, Nuvance Health, and Northwell Health. Each employer representative who specifically recruits PA’s were assigned a virtual breakout room where they conducted ten-minute interviews with each student. Prior to the career fair, the employers provided job descriptions to their open PA roles. A signup sheet was provided to students to assign themselves to their position of interest. This made assigning each student to interview with each employer on the day of the event, a seamless process.
At the conclusion of the event, the employers extended their contact details to stay connected with the students to continue the conversation about making connections, how to be considered for opportunities, navigating the hiring process, and interviewing/hiring next steps.
Overall, the participants stated they enjoyed the engagement of the virtual space because they were able to have that one-on-one undistracted conversation, rather than the typical overwhelming in-person career fair. This platform for the PA employers and students was determined to be quite successful!