Erin Blasko | September 30, 2020
The Meruelo Family Center for Career Development (CCD) at the University of Notre Dame hosted its first-ever virtual career fair Sept. 11 to 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Fall Career Fair Week took place entirely online via Handshake, the University’s career services platform, which helps students explore career options, find jobs and internships and connect with employers.
The event featured opportunities for students to meet with prospective employers, as well as panel discussions and networking events, including a diversity and inclusion networking event.
More than 240 employers and organizations, from Fortune 100 companies to local nonprofits, participated in the event, along with more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students.
In addition to moving the event online because of the coronavirus pandemic, the CCD expanded it from one to five days this year to give students more time to meet with employers.
“Our commitment was to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students to connect with employers in meaningful ways,” said Ryan Willerton, associate vice president for career and professional development at Notre Dame. “With this in mind, our career fair team decided to reenvision the format of our traditional career fair and fair-related networking events into a rebranded ‘career fair week.’”
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