Hundreds of Johns Hopkins students flocked to the First Annual Carey Career Fair, a Carey Business School-sponsored event that offered students networking opportunities and valuable insights into the increasingly competitive job market.
The four hour long fair brought together 361 students, 344 from both Carey’s Baltimore and Washington campuses, and 48 employers at the school’s Harbor East campus on April 17, making it the highest-attended event in the school’s history outside of graduations.
The goal of the inaugural event, which was organized by the school’s Career Development Office, was to aid students in their search for jobs and internships by exposing them to a diverse group of employers from a wide range of fields.
“We wanted a good cross section of employers, and we wanted to make sure that certain industries – real estate, consulting, finance, and health care – were represented,” said Katy Montgomery, assistant dean of Career Development.
She added: “We really wanted that mix because this career fair was open to all of our students who have different graduation dates and employment needs.”
Gautam Vijay, who is seeking a Masters in Science in Health Care Management, said he was pleased with the number of companies that fit the profile he’s seeking.
“I was looking for health care consulting companies, and there were quite a few,” Vijay said. “I was able to speak with them and make some connections.”
In addition to allowing students to build their network, the one-on-one time with corporate representatives gave students an opportunity to learn more about potential employers. It also allowed them to practice their interpersonal skills, a necessary skillset to landing any job, Montgomery said.
Montgomery added that the Career Development Office wanted to make the fair streamlined for students and employers. To achieve this, the school partnered with HireCanvas, a startup providing technological solutions to universities to create a better career fair experience.
Through the use of iPads, HireCanvas allows students attending career fairs to log pertinent student data – like resumes, GPA, area of study, etc. – for use by employers. The platform makes it easier for employers to locate and track qualified students after the fair has ended.
“The work we are doing with HireCanvas is really exciting because it’s creating a really seamless process for students and employers,” Montgomery said.