Yellow balloons lined the steps leading to the Bobby Valentine Health and Recreation Center (BVC), directing students in business professional attire to the beginning of their futures.
The Career Center hosted its Career and Internship Fair Thursday, Feb.16 at the BVC.
“It is an amazing feeling, to be able to invite employers to campus and help provide opportunities to our students and alumni,” said Executive Director of Career Services, Keith Hassell.
There were over 250 students and 32 employers, and the event was open to all Sacred Heart students. Whether they were looking for a summer internship or a full-time career, the fair offered students the opportunity to present themselves in front of a diverse panel of employers.
Employers such as the Major League Baseball (MLB) network, Cintas Corporation, and Barnum Financial Group were at the event.
“It’s a great way to get your name out there and jump into the real world and get a taste of what it is like going on interviews and introducing yourself to new jobs,” said junior Olivia Corcione.
The intimate setting of the fair was by design. The Career Center has adapted to a post-Covid-19 world making its events smaller. Students are able to connect with employers without an overwhelming crowd.
Students registered through Handshake, an online job posting platform the office maintains with a job bank and job search management exclusively for SHU students.
“Networking is still the number one way that students find jobs and internships. At the career fair, employers are there with many job opportunities. Even if you are not looking for a position at the current moment, meeting the managers, taking their business cards, and staying in touch builds connections,” said Hassell.
Career Drop-Ins, hosted by the Career Center, allow students to stop by to have their resumes and cover letters reviewed, start the job and internship search, or practice interview skills.
In addition, the Career Center provides guidance in conducting a senior year or final graduate program job search for a full-time position after graduation, planning for and researching graduate school options, and one-on-one professional development coaching.
“We want students to think outside the box; flexibility is the key to opportunity,” said Director of Career Services, Amy Novak.
Missed the event? The Career Center will be hosting additional fairs in March and later in the spring, along with many other events. Located on the second floor of the Linda E. McMahon Student Commons, the Career Center also assists students with building their professional profiles.
“The career fair is an amazing opportunity for all students to get an outlook on future careers, understand more into your major, the current and future workforce industry, but most importantly network yourself by building up your name,” said junior Justine Ruvolo.