Campus News

Big East provides virtual career fair

By: Maddie Day ~Staff Writer~

The Career Development Office provided Xavier students with an opportunity to meet potential employers online this week.

Xavier students and alumni participated in the online Big East Career Consortium Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The event was the product of a collaborative effort from all 10 of the Big East schools career development centers.

Students were asked to pre-register for the networking event, which took place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

They were also asked to upload an updated resume and cover letter prior to the event and were given the opportunity to create personal profiles.

“Registration is easy and uses advanced technology for candidates to chat, real-time, with recruiting organizations,” Jen Franchak, director of Career Development, said.
Once registered, students were able to review and evaluate participating companies, organizations and educational institutions.

They then searched for opportunities in their respective fields of professional interest.
A schedule outlining specific online discussions and chats was also provided.

Participating students and alumni used personal and campus computers at locations of their choice to apply for internships, full-time positions and graduate programs.

The event also gave students the opportunity for online professional networking with company recruiters. Some even received interviews with national organizations.

The Big East Career Consortium Career Fair hosted over 50 notable organizations with which both students and alumni networked.

According to Franchak, student participation in the career fair was high at Xavier compared to that at other universities.
“Xavier (had) the most registrants for this event out of all Big East schools. Clearly, our students realize this is a great networking opportunity,” Franchak said.

Xavier’s Career Development Office works directly with employers looking to hire both undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of academic programs. The Career Development Office is located in CLC 530.

For more information on professional opportunities, contact Career Development at 513-745-3141 or cdo@xavier.edu.