Employment Fair 2014
Seniors Arianna Guevara (left) and Nicole DeFont (right) at the 2014 Employment Fair. (Photo by Lee Ferris, Mount Saint Mary College)

by Jerry Stamos

The Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) Career Center held its 14th annual Employment Fair on Wednesday, March 26 with approximately 54 employers from the region in attendance.

A total of 308 MSMC students attended. “We had an excellent turnout, especially for students and alumni,” said Kathleen O’Keefe, associate director at the Career Center. The employers were impressed by the students, saying that they were well-prepared, well-dressed and engaged, said O’Keefe. Some students left the Employment Fair with interviews scheduled.

Though O’Keefe said the students liked the fair, she also said they would have liked to see more New York City employers.

Several of the attending students were graduating seniors, who were looking for a chance to meet with local employers.

Opeyemi Ifafore, a political science and public relations major, was hoping to find employers in her industry. “I found that there weren’t many employers I was interested in,” she said, “but I was able to explore other jobs that I wasn’t initially interested in and see what positions they had available.”

She said Fox News and Prudential were most helpful for her employment search. “They gave me business cards to reach them if I had any questions,” she said, “or, if I applied for a position, to let them know so that maybe they can help my résumé move up.”

Overall, Ifafore said she was glad she attended the event, and it was a great way for her to network. “You meet new people with similar interests that may help you in the future,” she said.

Several graduating accounting students also attended. “There was quite a bit of employers that were looking for accounting majors,” said Nicole Aruilio, a student in the five-year accounting program.

Aruilio said there were some accounting firms and other employers looking for accounting students, but she felt like there were more employers last year and would have liked to see more prominent employers in attendance. “Maybe they should have had more companies like IBM or other major companies,” she said.

Arulio thought the event was helpful to network with a variety of employers and was glad she went to the employment fair.