ND gears up for Career fair
Graduation is quickly approaching for Notre Dame's class of 2002, which means about 1,900 seniors will soon be venturing from Notre Dame to the corporate world. Seniors are now faced with such options as furthering their education or entering the work force. While approximately 70 percent of Notre Dame students begin their careers upon graduating, many seniors are still unsure of their post graduation plans. Because of this, the Career Center is sponsoring the Winter Career and Internship Fair.
According to Career Center director Lee Svete, the Career Center felt obligated to provide a second career fair in order to aid seniors whose job searches have been affected by the post Sept. 11 job market and economic recession. Despite the economic situation, this year's fair sets a record for the number of companies attending, with over 150 companies attending.
"The amazing number of companies drawn to the campus this year really says a lot about Notre Dame's reputation, student quality and academic rigor," said Svete.
It is the first career fair to be aimed at students of all majors. A large number of companies are seeking Arts and Letters majors to fill job and internship positions.
There are also several companies looking for marketing and business majors, and science and engineering majors will find plenty of openings with the technical and biotech companies in attendance.
The Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies will be looking for students to fill internships during the summer and fall for various smaller companies. Internships are available locally at the South Bend Silver Hawks, the government department and the chamber of commerce all need students to fill local positions.
The career fair is expanding beyond the traditional boundaries and offering additional services. Information will be provided about how to prepare for and obtain an internship in the future. Although the fall fair usually focuses on internships, a majority of the companies attending are also looking for interns for the summer and fall of 2002.
Svete encouraged underclassmen as well as seniors to attend. Students should bring their résumé, as all of the companies will be requiring them, he said. Many employers are accepting résumés online through GOIRISH until Monday. The Career Center is offering individual résumé critiques today from 1:30 to 4 p.m. The Winter Career and Internship fair will be in the Joyce Center between 4 and 8 p.m.
All News Stories for Thursday, January 31, 2002