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Career Events

Faculty Engagement in Career Events = Success

Chancellor John Bowen visits with Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager of the NY Marriott Marquis during the Food Service Hospitality Career Fair this fall on the Providence Campus.

Chancellor John Bowen visits with Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager of the NY Marriott Marquis during the Food Service Hospitality Career Fair this fall on the Providence Campus.

Experiential Education & Career Services hosted a full docket of career events this fall bringing students the opportunity to meet with, network with, apply for, and interview on-campus. This work wouldn't be possible without the support of our faculty and administration. 

A strategic collaboration with faculty and Experiential Education & Career Services ensured strong attendance by students. Hospitality faculty gave specific assignments to students to encourage participation and The College of Culinary Arts faculty provided guided tours to freshman who attended the career fair for the first time.

With more than 160 employers under one roof for the day, it was rewarding to see over 75 of them returning to campus as alumni employers to recruit JWU students.  David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager of the NY Marriott Marquis shared his thoughts on the success of the day with Chancellor Bowen:

I wanted to compliment the entire Johnson & Wales team for hosting a fantastic career day! We spoke to some of the best talent that the industry has yet to come...I personally look forward to working alongside several of them and calling them my colleague. Their success is my success!
— David Salcfas '88 Hotel Manager, NY Marriott Marquis

We asked a student for her impressions of the day. Charlotte Brecher received her associates in baking & pastry arts and will graduate with her bachelor's in Food Service Management this spring. She has been to several career fairs during her time at JWU. Last Fall, she landed an internship at the career fair and spent the winter term at Bar Boulud in New York City.  She had the opportunity to return this summer and worked at both Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud.  She has kept in touch with her chef and had the opportunity to meet up with her during the career fair. Charlotte was excited to reconnect with Chef and illustrates a great example on the value of networking and staying connected beyond the internship experience.

I will be looking for a full-time job this summer after graduation and will definitely use Experiential Education & Career Services as a resource.
— Charlotte Brecher '18 Food Service Management
Students Charlotte Brecher and Hannah Sylvester pose for a selfie at the career fair with Chef TJ Delle Donne Assistant Dean, Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and Chef George O'Palenick Associate Professor.

Students Charlotte Brecher and Hannah Sylvester pose for a selfie at the career fair with Chef TJ Delle Donne Assistant Dean, Dr. James Griffin Associate Professor, and Chef George O'Palenick Associate Professor.


Visit Experiential Education & Career Services to find out more about internships, prepare for career events, resume critiques, mock interviews, and more.

Making the Most of a Career Fair

A GUIDE ON ATTENDING AND PREPARING FOR CAREER FAIRS

Susan Sunita Kuruvilla is a May 2017 MBA candidate and Graduate Assistant in Experiential Education & Career Services. She is currently the President of the Graduate Student Association and graduate student representative on the University Curriculum Committee. Prior to attending JWU, Susan received her undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata, India and has four years experience working in advertising. During her time at agencies like  Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide  and  Stirred Creativ  e , Susan managed global clients and led the team on an award winning campaign.

Susan Sunita Kuruvilla is a May 2017 MBA candidate and Graduate Assistant in Experiential Education & Career Services. She is currently the President of the Graduate Student Association and graduate student representative on the University Curriculum Committee. Prior to attending JWU, Susan received her undergraduate degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata, India and has four years experience working in advertising. During her time at agencies like Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and Stirred Creative, Susan managed global clients and led the team on an award winning campaign.

Like many of you, I’m entering the home stretch. My time at JWU is quickly coming to a close as I study for Winter term finals, plan my Spring internship, and prepare for graduation in May!

It’s a lot to think about knowing the real world is knocking on your door. At the same time, I know that the experiences I’ve had at Johnson & Wales have prepared me for that ‘real world’. Here are some tips I picked up while working as a Graduate Assistant in Experiential Education & Career Services.


JWU students network at a career fair

JWU students network at a career fair

Before the Career Fair

One of the most underestimated steps in planning for a Career Fair is to Know Your Goal. And by that, we’re not talking about knowing that you want a job or an internship. Knowing your goal requires a deeper understanding of the way you want to feel when you leave the Career Fair.

In a room buzzing with the sounds of palpable excitement, nervousness and competition, making an impressive first impression on an employer can be a tall order. But you’d be surprised how simple forethought and planning can give you the outcome you’re hoping for!

 

Research

A great place to start is to do some basic research on the employers that will be at the Career Fair. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Log in to jwuLink
  2. Go to the Jobs & Internships tab
  3. Go to the Career Events section and click Register
  4. Go to the Career Events & Workshops tab on the menu at the top
  5. Select Career Fair from the Category drop-down
  6. Hit Search
  7. Select your Campus’ Event
  8. Select View Employers Attending

Research the employers that you’re interested in, and then prioritize the ones you will focus your attention on. Nothing dampens a Career Fair experience like bustling through the crowd without knowing what you’re looking for. A little research can go a long way!


JWU students speak to Hyatt employees at a career fair.

JWU students speak to Hyatt employees at a career fair.

At the Career Fair

Once you’re at the Career Fair, make the most of it. It isn’t often that employers gather for hours in a purposeful effort to meet students. Here are a few things you should do, if you want to leave with more than some cool giveaways!

 

Be mindful of your body language

In many ways, a career fair is a test of your social skills. Remember to introduce yourself confidently and shake hands with people you meet. Employers are almost always friendly and outgoing, so they’ll expect the same from you!

 

Ask good questions

Asking the right questions is a great way to show an employer that you did your research. Employers are just as impressed with the questions you pose, as well as your well-thought-out answers.

 

Listen

Don’t ask a question with the sole intention of sounding intelligent. Employers can see through that! Be genuinely interested and listen to what they’re saying. You could learn something you didn’t know, and they’ll be impressed with your mindset.

 

Bring Your Resume and Business Cards

Make sure that your resume is in good shape, and if you don’t have a business card yet - making one is a great investment! Business cards add an extra touch of personality to accompany your resume. Bring enough copies of both, so that you can leave a set with every employer that you meet.

 

Request Business Cards from Employers

An important part of going to the Career Fair is following up with the employers that you met. So, remember to ask them for their business cards too! This will show confidence, and will also help you send ‘thank you’ notes to the right people.

A little time and effort can easily turn into an opportunity that you might not have otherwise had. So don’t let a Career Fair overwhelm you. Instead, remember that leaving with what you wanted will take a little more than a great suit and resume!


Want more?

Visit link.jwu.edu > jobs & internships and make an appointment with a career advisor for more guidance.

 

SAVE THE DATE: Spring Career Fairs

Experiential Education & Career Services is busy preparing for spring on-campus recruitment at each of our campuses. Below is a summary of events by campus to help you prepare.

Students who prepare by doing their research on employers and working with EE&CS for advising including mock interviews helps them to gain an advantage in this competitive job market.

Remember, professional dress is required. Prepare for the event by visiting Experiential Education & Career Services.


PROVIDENCE CAMPUS: Career Expo & Summer Seasonal Career Fair 

Thursday, March 9, 10am-2:30am

Wildcat Center

Opportunities for all students - Over 160 Employers will be recruiting for full-time, part time, internship and seasonal positions.

Employers include:  Amica, Kohls, IGT (GTech Corporation), FBI, Marriott International, Newport Harbor Corporation, IKEA and many more!

To prepare visit us at Downcity: John Hazen White Building, 1st Floor & at Harborside: Friedman Center, 1st Floor. Hours: M-Th 8a-6p & F 8:30a-4:30p


NO. MIAMI CAMPUS: Spring Career Expo

Wednesday, March 22

Wildcat Center, No. Miami

Senior Networking 9am – 10am, Floor Opens All Class Levels 10am – 2pm

Over 70 Employers will be recruiting including: Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, FBI, Florida Department of Children & Families, Trump National Doral-Miami, South Seas Island Resort, Seminole Gaming, Holland America Group - Seabourn Cruise Line, and many more!

To prepare visit us at:  Academic Student Center –Suite #103, Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm


DENVER CAMPUS: Career Expo

Wednesday, April 12, Great Hall 11:30am - 2:30pm

Over 60 employers will be recruiting including: MGM Resorts, Lindblad Expeditions  (National Geographic Tours), Marriott International, Four Seasons Denver and Vail, Vail Resorts, Ameristar Resorts and Casino

To prepare visit us at 7150 Montview Blvd Denver, 1st floor Academic Center– Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm


CHARLOTTE CAMPUS: Hospitality & Food Service Spring Expo

Thursday, March 23, 11:30am-2:45pm

Wildcat Center

Over 100 employers are expected including: Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Carolina Panthers, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., The Inn at Little Washington, Blackberry Farm, The Greenbrier Hotel & Resort, Omni Hotels & Resorts, and many more!

To prepare visit: 801 W. Trade Street, Suite 145 – Hours: M-F 8:30am-4:30pm