For the first time in the city’s history, all five of Newark’s colleges will host a collaborative career fair that will allow employers to meet a diversely talented pool of students from the five schools: The New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Essex County College, Rutgers University-Newark, Rutgers University-School of Law-, Seton Hall Law School and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).
(Editor’s Note: The career fair, originally scheduled for Jan. 27, has been postponed due to a snowstorm. The fair is now scheduled for Feb. 18, from 2-6 p.m. at The Robert Treat Hotel, Newark. Reporters interested in attending the college town career fair, please contact Robert Florida at 973-596-5203.)
The fair will give employers a chance to interview students of varying degree levels and academic disciplines: architecture, business, engineering, information technology, law, the arts, social and behavioral science as well as natural and life sciences.
William Watley, chief executive officer and secretary of the New Jersey Commerce and Economic Growth Commission, will be the career fair’s keynote speaker. During a lunchtime talk in the hotel’s Crystal Room, Watley will discuss jobs and economic development in the state.
Nearly 50 companies have already registered to attend the career fair including nationally known concerns such as Prudential Financial, UPS and MBNA. Other firms interested in attending the career fair can visit an on-line registration site at www.newarkcollegetown.org or call Jane Gaertner, NJIT’s associate director for employee relations at (973) 596-5617.
“The fair is an excellent example of the collaboration that exists among Newark’s institutions of higher education,” says Greg Mass, executive director of Career Services at NJIT.”
“The fair also demonstrates,” Mass adds, “how we consider the needs of business and our commitment to the business and economic development needs of the city and state. What is unique about this fair is that it brings together students from five schools and allows employers to recruit a broad range of candidates to fulfill their employment needs.”
The City of Newark and the Regional Business Partnership, a nonprofit networking group based in the city, are sponsors of the career fair. Corporate sponsors of the fair include PSE&G and Prudential Financial.