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_imgIt took just six sets over two matches for Syracuse to come away with two wins in the UConn Invitational tournament on Friday.The Orange (2-0) kicked off the 2015 season by defeating Rhode Island (1-1) and Hartford (0-2) in the UConn Invitational tournament in West Hartford, Connecticut.The closest set in the first match was the opening one, as SU narrowly defeated Rhode Island 25-23. The Rams began the set with three consecutive points, but Syracuse won the next five and never fell behind on the scoreboard after that.The Orange got off to a slow start again in the second set, falling behind 5-1, but quickly evened the score with a four-point streak featuring four total kills from senior outside hitter Silvi Uattara and senior middle blocker Monika Salkute. Uattara and Salkute led the Orange in kills for the match with 14 and 11, respectively.SU won the second set 25-15, notching three more streaks of three-plus points along the way.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe third set featured more dominance by Syracuse, as the team won seven straight points after losing just one to take a 7-1 lead. After that, the Orange never let the deficit slip to less than three, and it took the final set 25-14.Apart from her efforts on offense, Uattara also contributed defensively by leading the team in digs (10) and blocks (5, tied for the lead with Salkute).Senior setter Gosia Wlaszczuk recorded 21 assists while freshman setter Jalissa Trotter added 14 assists of her own. Freshman setter Annie Bozzo also aided the Orange on this front, putting up two assists in just four points played.Syracuse picked up its second win of the season on Friday night, defeating Hartford in another three-set contest. And this victory was even more dominant, with the Hawks failing to reach twenty points in any set.Despite playing a relatively back-and-forth first set, the Orange finished it strongly by winning eight of the last nine points to win 25-15. The team’s success continued from there, as it won the first three points of the second set and never lost the lead before taking it 25-17.Syracuse saved its most impressive score of the day for last, as it lead for most of the third set en route to a 25-12 victory.Bozzo continued to show promise for the Orange in this match, totaling 13 assists and tying Wlaszczuk for the team lead. She was one half of a dangerous new combination, as she set up Uattara for four kills in the first set alone.Trotter also maintained her strong first impression by recording eight assists of her own.Syracuse will continue play against UConn (1-1) on Saturday afternoon in Storrs, Connecticut. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 29, 2015 at 12:07 am Contact Kevin: kjpacell@syr.edulast_img read more