Local college students who are hunting for jobs will have a chance to interview with officials from prominent companies during a collaborative career fair hosted by Newark’s colleges: New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); Essex County College, Rutgers University-Newark, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).
(Editor’s Note: The career fair is scheduled for Feb. 1, from 2-6 p.m. at The Robert Treat Hotel, Newark. Reporters interested in attending, please contact Robert Florida at 973-596-5203.)
“This fair brings brings together students from the city’s four schools and allows employers to recruit a broad range of candidates,” says Greg Mass, executive director of Career Services at NJIT. “The fair also demonstrates how we consider the needs of business and our commitment to the economic development of the city and state.”
Employers will meet students with various majors: architecture, business, engineering, information technology, the arts, social and behavioral sciences as well as natural and life sciences. Nearly 80 companies have registered to attend the fair, and some of the firms - Bloomberg L.P., New York City; Barnes & Noble College Bookstores Incorporated, Basking Ridge; and FirstEnergy Corporation, Akron, Ohio – are nationally known.
Henry Johnson, chief executive officer of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a nonprofit firm that supports urban economic development, will be the fair’s keynote speaker. During a lunchtime talk in the hotel’s Crystal Room, Johnson, whose firm is based at NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center, will discuss several emerging economic developments and workforce initiatives in Newark.
The City of Newark and the Regional Business Partnership, a nonprofit networking group based in the city, are sponsors of the career fair, and corporate sponsors include PSEG, Prudential Financial and UPS.