On Friday, February 22nd, 113 employers from a variety of industries came together in Roone Arledge Auditorium for our 2019 Spring Career Fair. There was a huge turnout—over 1,000 Columbia students! Employers were impressed by the positive energy, active recruitment, and informative questions in the room.
WHO WAS THERE? INDUSTRY AND EMPLOYER REPRESENTATION
The fair featured 113 employers from 20+ industries, filling the large auditorium space.
Students had the opportunity to interact with employers from some of the most well-known corporations in the world, as well as government agencies and other organizations representing communications and media, engineering, financial services, education, non-profit, and more. Such employers included Microsoft, 1stdibs, Lifescience Dynamics, NY County D.A.’s Office, Gartner, Wayfair, and Moody’s Corporation.
Through conversations with employers, students learned about job and internship opportunities and recruiting timelines. Many employers are hiring now, while others anticipate posting jobs in the months to come.
Students surveyed stated that attending the fair opened their perspectives of other industries, like the Political Science major who learned about “opportunities at tech companies… [that I] can fit in to, like consulting and project management.”
WHO CAN I CONNECT WITH AT CAREER FAIR?
The Spring Career Fair presented a great opportunity for students to not only connect with company recruiters but to also connect with Columbia University Alumni. More than 80 alumni attended the event on behalf of their employers to get to know students and help those students build their Columbia and professional networks.
HOW CAN ATTENDING A CAREER FAIR HELP MY JOB OR INTERNSHIP SEARCH?
Whether you’re looking for a full-time role in pharmaceuticals, considering an internship with a start-up, curious about the skills needed to work in marketing, or simply exploring career opportunities, career fairs can provide you with information for all stages of your search. Here are a few reasons:
- Express interest: Meeting employers in person enables you to express your curiosity and interest in the work, and to bring your resume to life.
- Learn more: You can ask specific questions to better understand what is involved in a job or internship, learn about the organization’s priorities, and find out what they are looking for in a candidate. Employers come to campus to answer the questions you can’t find on the internet.
- Stand out: Making an in-person connection and following up after the fair can take your resume to the top of the pile.
EMPLOYER FEEDBACK: WHAT EMPLOYERS THINK OF COLUMBIA STUDENTS
Here is what employers had to say about the 1,000+ students who attended the career fair:
“Great energy from students, everyone was so prepared” – Spacemaker Ai
“Columbia students are qualified and enthusiastic” – OpenBCI, Inc.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NEXT CAREER FAIR!
“The students we meet at the career fair are unfailingly well-spoken and engaging, and a good number had actively prepared to speak with us about our company and specific job[s].”
Employers were impressed by students who researched the organization before approaching the table and asked well-informed questions. They suggested introducing yourself by highlighting your experience or interests to provide some context, before asking about opportunities.
Learn from employers how to make an impression at your next career fair!