first_imgAnn Curtis | The Observer Alumni Tim Gancer speaks with a participant in the 2017 Fall Career Expo.Planning for the Career Expo began last spring with choosing a date and reaching out to repeat employers and potential new employers, director of employer engagement LoriAnn Edinborough, said. The planning is a huge undertaking requiring organization of countless moving parts to ensure employers and students alike have a productive and rewarding experience.“A lot of the employers will say we offer one of the best career fairs around and I think we just want to make sure they have an unsurpassed experience while they’re here from our end of, you know, providing it for them,” Edinborough said.Edinborough said that due to the excessive heat expected for Wednesday evening, the dress code of the Expo has been switched to business casual attire to ensure a more comfortable experience. She also said one of the biggest developments this year is a new app, ND Career Expo.“With this career fair app, you can do a quick search, have a quick definition of what that company is and the industries that they’re seeking, so you have a little bit of a synopsis while you’re waiting,” Bridget Kibbe, director of undergraduate career services, said. “Then you can ask more of a strategic question instead of coming up and asking, ‘What do you do?’”On the student side of the planning, Kibbe said her team streamlined the way they did student preparation, switching from 30-minute appointments to resume reviews and workshops covering resume writing, general preparation and interview practice.“I think the big part is making sure we plan well in advance, and I think this year we certainly did a very good job in doing that,” Kibbe said. “We offered [workshops] across, you know, every day of the week, Monday through Thursday and on Friday and at different times, again, very well-attended, so that’s been a huge plus for us.”While some students may regard networking and trying to “sell themselves” to employers as their worst nightmare, Kibbe said that the career counselors work to dispel that view of the career fair in their meetings with students, urging students to instead focus on the valuable conversations they can have with alumni and employers.“We certainly want students to feel that if they have no idea what they want to do, this still is a great place to attend because it’s a discernment tool,” Kibbe said. “Just talking to alums who have probably been through this before themselves, you know, what was their career path, what did they get involved in on campus, what classes did they take, what activities.”Kibbe said all students, no matter where they are in their educations or career discernment process, should attend the career fair to begin to understand how the skills developed in their classes are preparing them for future careers.“It’s not about your major. It’s about your skill sets and what’s developed, so we don’t want students to feel like your major defines your career path,” Kibbe said. “For so many employers, it is about your competencies: your comfort level in communication, critical thinking skills, things like that.”Tags: career fair, Center for Career Development, Fall Career Expo Thousands of students will descend on Notre Dame Stadium this Wednesday evening for the annual Fall Career Expo. The Expo, which is the Center for Career Development’s largest career fair of the year, will take place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. and includes representatives from 247 companies looking to hire students majoring in everything from English to biochemistry.“The Expo is open to all students — undergraduate, graduate, everybody’s welcome to attend,” Ryan Willerton, associate vice president of career and professional development.last_img read more

first_imgJamaica’s national women’s soccer team with team ambassador, Cedella Marley (bottom center). No one said it would be easy. Nor should it be, for this is the pinnacle of women’s football, the FIFA World Cup Finals.Jamaica, the first Caribbean country to qualify for the global showpiece, made their historic bow into the tournament in Grenoble on Sunday, and though the Reggae Girlz were brought down to earth with a 3-0 defeat, they left many of their supporters filled with joy at the manner in which they competed. Still, the reality is that the Reggae Girlz are some ways off, tactically and technically, from elite teams, such as defending champion United States of America, former winners Germany, Japan, China, the Scandinavian teams, host France, England, among others including Brazil, Australia, etc. Should take heart Nonetheless, the Girlz and the technical staff need not drop their collective heads, but rather take heart from their effort, remain humble and eager to learn and make the most of the two remaining preliminary group games against Italy on Friday (June 14) in Reims, and Australia on Tuesday, June 18 in Grenoble. Italy ranked at 16 on the FIFA list, and making a long-awaited return to the Finals, shocked the number six-ranked Australia 2-1 in the other Group C game on Sunday. Need to improve at the centerAs we have said in this space before, Jamaica’s team is quite soft through its spine (middle) and will need to drastically improve in that area if they are to harbor thoughts of seriously challenging the elite teams in the future. Additionally, the players appear too naïve and careless in possession, especially in the defensive third of the field, where such mistakes can be costly. It would be nice to see better communication between the back four and a more compact unit. Personnel and formation changes likelyInterestingly, assistant coach Lorne Donaldson has since told the media in France that the technical staff is tinkering with personnel changes for the game against Italy, as the team desperately seek a positive result in its quest to progress to the knockout stage. “Tactically we made some adjustments, formation wise. It looks good for the first day, so I like what I am seeing so far and I like the spirit of the players. Our movements were much better defensively, and we seem more coordinated now, so there is no need to second guess ourselves,” he told the Jamaica Observer newspaper after the team’s training session in Reims on Tuesday. He added: “We did some work and we are going to do more work on it and see if our cohesiveness can be a lot better in the game and we can connect a little bit more and get more compact defensively. We also want to spread ourselves out some more which would result in us being more dangerous in attack.” Donaldson also suggested that the team needed to change from its 4-3-3 formation as it had become ineffective and stale. The Italians appeared organized and compact and displayed the characteristics for which their male counterparts are renowned, which will make them difficult opponents for Jamaica on Friday, as they seek to consolidate their top-two place in the group. So, if the Girlz can make the necessary adjustments and learn from the mistakes against Brazil, though we believe those mistakes are intrinsic, then supporters would be satisfied, regardless of the result.last_img read more

first_imgManchester United star Robin van Persie has rubbished claims he needs knee surgery.Reports suggested the Old Trafford giants agreed a loan move for Radamel Falcao because there were fears about the Dutchman’s fitness.But the Holland forward insists he won’t be going under the knife any time soon.He said: “I am impressed people can pick up the imagination to invent something like that. I do not know where it comes from.“I can say with my hand on my heart I won’t be in a hospital to have the operation.”Van Persie has also told former Monaco star Falcao he should not expect to walk straight into the United team.“I welcome his arrival, he makes us better,” he added in an interview with Fox Sports NL. “At a top club you should always go for the best, which also fits my philosophy.“Falcao must fight for his place, as I also have to. We must duke with Wayne Rooney and James Wilson to see who is playing.” 1 Robin van Persie in action for Manchester United against Burnley last_img read more