NYIT’s Career Fair

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It’s free period and you’re hanging out at the SAC. You hear other students say, “Did you go to the gym? Did you go to the gym?” You’re wondering what happened at the gym then suddenly you realize that NYIT had their annual Career Fair. You heard about it for months, flyers were put all over campus and you forgot to go. Well, for those who missed the event don’t be discouraged here’s how it took place.

The Career Services Department hosted their 32nd annual Career Fair at the Sports Complex. John M. Hyde, the Dean of Career Services explains, “Fairs are really about trying to bring in employers to a campus and affording students an opportunity to meet first hand those individuals who are actively recruiting.” He continues,” We get phone calls and emails everyday with employers posting onto our Career Net website, but the challenge for us is this gives a student looking at a profile of an employer with the Career Fair, it gives students face time.”

With fifty-one tables and over eighty companies students were eager to make a lasting impact on these professionals. It’s never too early to think about what job skills you’ll need for your future.  Students, you should take into consideration the following skills:

1. Organizational: Manage your money, time, personnel, facilities and materials.

2. Social: Participate as a peer, be a leader, and educate yourself about

different cultures.

3. Information Processing: Interpret, analyze, organize and maintain

4. Critical Thinking: Improve or correct complex relationships, think creatively

to solve problems.

5. Technology Skills: Know how to use a range of technology and the standard

Microsoft programs.

6. Change: This is the point in your life where you must anticipate

change. Be sure to always have an updated resume, professional

attire and a business pitch.

“The employers are most impressed with students that can walk up to them clearly, concisely and know something about the company. They’re very impressed by that,” says Laurie Hollister, the Associate Director and Technology Specialist of Career Services. It’s an excellent opportunity to get in front of an employer and really practice your elevator pitch which is your handshake and your introduction, saying a little about yourself and why you want to work for the company. Every employer at the fair has an opportunity or multiple opportunities available.”

Shannen Greer, a freshman, an electrical computer engineering major and Senator of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) took this motive to heart as she recalls her experience at the Career Fair. “It was kind of overwhelming, but I’m happy I did go because it really prepared for me a lot. I met with Adrienne McNally (Associate Director, Experiential Education) who had a bunch of workshops for NSBE in preparation to help us for the Career Fair. I had my resume reviewed online. I had to revise it fifteen thousand times. I did mock interviews with Ms. McNally. She gave me some pointers on what to do, what not to do and I went shopping for new clothes because I couldn’t walk in there with jeans even though I really wanted to.”

There were numerous companies offering NYIT students jobs and internships. For instance, the North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, NY. A shelter that takes care of animals that is in need of a home and loving family. Human Resource Manger Lisa Kaufman says, “It’s a convenient location and NYIT students can work part-time.”

The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, NY is a premiere hotel known for their great hospitality and exquisite food. “We have previously collaborated with NYIT’s Hospitality program, and are looking for students who are interested in various areas. NYIT students primarily go towards the food and beverage areas,” says Caroline Chen, Human Resources Manager. She continues, “You can be a freshman and get a job, anyone in college is applicable for a position.”

Leviton in Melville, NY has over twenty NYIT alumni. “Leviton is an Electrical wiring manufacturing company,” says Human Resources Coordinator Megan Aloisio. “ We make products, simple things you may find in your home or office buildings. We’ve got a wide variety more than 25,000 product lines. We manufacture in China and North Carolina. We have different distribution centers one in Tennessee and one in Nevada. Neville is our corporate headquarters and we come to Career Fairs (this one) every year basically because we have a summer intern program. So we hire a lot of electrical engineering interns, mechanical engineering interns, product management and other majors as well like marketing and finance. It’s not just engineering we have other departments and we’ve been pretty successful.”

“Even if you’re a freshman,” Shannen Greer says. “You should still go and put your face out there. Real Works was one of the companies I was interested in and they have a summer internship for freshman. I don’t have to be in the electrical course or computer course like most companies do. The more you go to that one company the more your resume is there. You’re more likely to get internships that’s what I’m hoping for.”

This year’s career fair was definitely a success. If you missed out this year, be sure to attend next year’s! Why go? There are SO many reasons. Not only do you get a great chance to meet these employers, you get too see that the real world is not organized by major. There are so many job opportunities in so many different fields; you may even end up getting an interview with a company you never thought could be a possibility!

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