YU Alumni Offer Career Advice and Support

Many Alumni Represent Their Companies at Career Fairs

Students and alumni come to the Career Fair hosted by the career center.YU alumni give back in many ways, one of which is by volunteering at career fairs representing their companies where they can provide advice and networking opportunities to job-seekers.

These fairs are crucial links in the process of YU graduates finding useful internships or gainful employment, and the participation of YU alumni improves their chances by giving them crucial inside information about what might be available and the best ways they can present themselves to prospective employers.

Recently, the YU Career Center sponsored two career fairs for people seeking internships and employment in accounting and finance.  Approximately 235 people attended both fairs. Susan Bauer, Director of Employer and Alumni Relations in the Career Center, noted that the alumni who participated brought “their expertise and passion to our students, and we look forward to expanding our alumni reach.”

Daniel Rosenberg and Yiriel Liss, who both helped out at these events, spoke about what motivated them to volunteer.

Rosenberg ’93SB works at Deerwood Real Estate Capital.  He volunteered because “I enjoy meeting and talking to students.” He readily acknowledges that “the world is a very challenging– even volatile–place these days, and finding the right opportunity at the right time is very difficult.” He has hired several YU grads “because I am always looking for good talent for my company, and if I can help students find their way a little bit out there, I enjoy that.”

Liss ’15SB, who works at Goldman Sachs, has several direct pieces of advice for those looking for internships or employment.  “Here’s my list: give your all, network, apply for jobs in a systematic manner and, above all, don’t lose hope.”  Equally important is finding a way to stand out individually. “I have found that students with unique experiences or hobbies can do better in their job seeking. Find that interest that you have that makes you who you are, and pursue it. Show the employer why they would want to hire and work with you for years to come.”  Liss knows how difficult this whole search process can be, which is he volunteers his time. “If making connections and submitting resumes at the career fair eases the students’ peace of mind and can help them,” he said, “this is my way of giving back to YU and to especially the Career Center for all the help they gave me when I was a student.”

YU has a very good track record in providing opportunities for post-graduation career advancement, as evidenced by a recent survey done by the Career Center.  For example, the Class of 2016 achieved impressive acceptance rates to medical, dental and law school in particular: 93 percent, 96 percent and 100 percent, respectively.

Contact Susan Bauer at the YU Career Center (susan.bauer@yu.edu) if you would like to volunteer for upcoming career fairs.