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More than 200 YU Students and Alumni Attend Career Center Fair; 95% of Graduates Employed or in Grad School

Two hundred Yeshiva University students and alumni had an opportunity to connect with more than 45 employers in 17 industries, ranging from finance and technology to fashion and healthcare, at the YU Career Center’s Spring Career Fair on March 15.

Employers such as the American Red Cross, Kenneth Cole Productions, Simon & Schuster and Young & Rubicam participated in the fair—networking with and interview promising YU students and graduates. “We came here because we’ve heard YU has a lot of great programs and as an IT company, we thought we’d find the people who have the background we’re looking for here,” said Jean Paul Jean-Louis, a representative for Capgemini. “It’s our first time here but we’ve already met a few very talented people with a lot of potential.”

Executive recruiting firm AC Lion was no rookie to the fair—their table sported a sign listing all the names of current and former interns and staff from YU. “This is the only career fair we do,” said Bonnie Zaben, COO. “Our CEO is a graduate of Yeshiva College and we’ve had great success here. YU students are serious about their professional goals, about applying themselves, about the endeavor of exploration, and we’re looking for interns that are bright, engaging and serious about their professional development.”

Members of the Career Center team staffing a table at the fair’s entrance greeted students and alumni as they came in and touched base with them as they left, offering quick pointers on their resumes and feedback about their interactions with employers as well as tips for future interviews.

For Desiree Kashizadeh, a junior majoring in accounting at the Sy Syms School of Business who hoped to add another prestigious summer internship to her resume, the Career Center had been a valuable guide to her professional journey from her first semester on campus. “They went over my resume with me, helping me understand what skills I needed for my field and what I had to do to build my career every step of the way,” she said, adding that she had attended every career fair held on campus since she began her studies with great results. “These events have been very helpful with networking. I actually found a summer internship with a nonprofit here last year.”

The event is one of the most important resources the Career Center offers students and alumni, according to Jocelyn Coalter, the Center’s director of employer and alumni relations. But it’s just one of many tools the Center uses to advance student careers. “We offer career development and counseling resources but also try to connect students to as many employers as possible through fairs, YU CareerLink, employer networking events, on-campus interviewing and a number of other programs,” she said.

The Center also recently received national recognition for its Women in Business Initiative, which has been named a finalist for a National Association of Colleges and Employers Innovation Excellence Award. The initiative provides a select group of women with unique professional development opportunities and a one-on-one professional mentoring relationship with a woman in their field of interest. This semester, there are 17 women on the Beren Campus participating in the program.

“Ninety-five percent of our 2012 graduates are employed, in graduate schools or both,” said Marc Goldman, executive director of the Career Center. “Events like this and the Women in Business Initiative are just a few of the ways we help our students pursue and achieve these goals.”

To learn more about the Yeshiva University Career Center, visit www.yu.edu/career-center.