Employers Tout Professionalism, Quality of Students at Carey Career Fair

Luke Lavoie

Luke is a writer and editor working in Carey’s Marketing and Communications Department. His writing encompasses the work of exemplary students, faculty and alumni at Carey, as well as coverage of events and other initiatives. Prior to joining Carey, Luke was a journalist for the Baltimore Sun Media Group covering Howard County. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University Maryland.

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The Carey Business School hosted its second annual Career Fair on February 12, connecting 538 students with 58 employers from across a diverse set of industries who are looking to fill hundreds of internships and jobs.

The benefits of a career fair are obvious for the students who attended: It gives them a chance to network, hand out resumes, and practice their pitches – all of which are key to landing an internship or post-graduate job.

So from a student perspective, a career fair is a clear win. But it is also a boon to employers.

“The Carey Business School has been a really good source of talent for us,” said Jay Liska, director of marketing for Lupin Pharmaceuticals. “Over the past few years we’ve interned Carey students, and every year we have transitioned at least one person to a full-time employee. And in addition to full-time work, they’ve all moved up within a year of starting,”

Lupin is the U.S. subsidiary of Lupin Limited, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in India. The company’s marketing and sales arms are headquartered in Baltimore.

Currently, Liska said Lupin has three Carey students as interns: two in marketing and one in business development. Liska cited a couple reasons for the successful relationship; most notably, he touted the professionalism and quality of the Carey students.

“In addition to the hard skills, we look for strong behavioral skills: a high emotional IQ, the ability to collaborate, the ability to be a team player, good communication skills,” Liska said. “Having good analytical skills and technology skills is also important. And, obviously, we’ve been able to find it all at Carey.”

Liska isn’t the only one impressed with the Carey crop.

“There was a lot of good talent here, a lot of high-quality candidates,” said Gene Manko, health care recruiter at Maxim Healthcare Services. “There was a lot of professionalism. They were speaking the right language.”

Maxim is a health care services provider that recruits and places health care professionals within medical facilities, schools, and other locations in need of staffing. Manko said he appreciated the students’ preparedness: Many of them already knew a lot about Maxim’s services and mission.

“They understood what we do – I didn’t have to explain it – and that makes it easier because then we can have more in-depth conversations about how and why we do what we do,” he said.

Being prepared and professional can say a lot about the kind of intern or employee a Carey student or alum will be, says Brian Sheridan, a sales recruiter at Tenable Network Security.

Sheridan said the fast-growing technology company demands a lot from its interns and new hires, so it is important to have candidates who are ready to work.

“We see the value of the education provided here and how that translates into quality candidates,” he said.

Tenable, based in Columbia, Maryland, is a cybersecurity company that offers network monitoring and response through a proprietary service. He says the company, which secured $250 million in venture capital a few months ago, finds the caliber of candidate it seeks at Carey.

“With the rate at which we’re growing, we like to put our interns into professional situations right away. And our goal is to transition our interns to full-time employment. Carey is a perfect partner for us because of what we want to do.”

Tian, a channel business manager at China Telecom Corporation, agrees.

“One of the things that was very obvious to me was how well the students were prepared,” Tian said. “They prepared their pitch well.”

Tian has a unique insight into Carey: He is an alumnus of the Carey Master of Science Marketing program.

Upon graduation, Tian landed the job with China Telecom working out of its Virginia office. The state-owned company is the largest landline provider and third-largest mobile provider in the People’s Republic of China. Almost a year after graduating, Tian reflected on what it was like to “be on the other side of the table.”

Tian added that he was impressed with the resumes of the students who approached his booth, many of whom were international students, as he was.

“They all have very strong backgrounds,” he said. “They all have great degrees; they all have had internships with international companies; they all have great experience.”

Want to learn more about what makes a Carey student great? Please take a moment to visit the Career Development Office’s new Student Profiles section on our website. The Student Profiles section showcases various students across the many distinguished academic programs offered at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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