Creating career connections for grad students, postdocs and alumni
Hundreds of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and alumni representing a wide variety of disciplines and backgrounds networked with representatives from more than 60 organizations – from nonprofits to government agencies to Fortune 500 companies – at the 2015 Career Networking Event, held on March 27 at McNamara Alumni Center.
Evaluation results received to date from graduate students, post-docs and recent alumni clearly point to the value these attendees found in the event: They very much appreciated the opportunity to visit with employers in a relaxed setting, and the diversity of organizations represented provided an opportunity to explore possible career options they had not previously considered.
A sampling of students' comments about the event:
I liked the size of the event. the smaller number of employers and attendees made it much easier to speak with recruiters than it is during the large career fairs.
I was very pleased to have something similar to the job fair that was geared towards grad students. Since the experience of a grad student is significantly different than that of the undergrad, I enjoyed having a networking event that focused on this experience.
It was very nice that the popular companies have many employees so that students can easily have opportunity to talk with employees.
Keep up the great work - I will be back again in 2016 and in 2017...and most likely beyond as an alumni once I complete my MBA!
The number of companies was great! It gave me an opportunity to consider careers that I may not have thought about otherwise.
Employers actually seemed interested in hiring people and making connections, more than what is usually the case at job fairs.
Thanks to the many participating organizations that made this event possible!