Events & Programs

Alumni Job Shadow Program

Fairfield’s Job Shadow program during winter break pairs students with alumni professionals across the Northeast and beyond for a day or half-day of rewarding career exploration.

Career Fairs

Undergraduate Fairfield U students talk to employers at one of the career fairs.‌Career Fairs are popular among job seekers and employers alike. They offer opportunities for individuals seeking employment, or in some cases internships, to meet with several employers. Employers are located in booths or at tables in a large auditorium or conference center. In order to meet with employers, candidates wait in line to speak briefly with employment representatives. Employers use this process to meet many candidates and identify individuals who will be invited for a more in depth interview.

The value of a career fair to a job seeker will vary depending upon the "match" between the qualifications being sought by employers and the background of a candidate. The types of positions that are being offered, reflect the current labor market, and will likely influence whether or not a job seeker will perceive a career fair as a worthwhile experience.



Peer Advisor Program

Career, Leadership and Professional Development created the Career Peer Advisor position so students could help fellow students with career-related questions!

What is the Career Peer Advisor (CPA) Program?

The CPA Program is a student leadership program for sophomore, juniors, and senior students interested in helping underclassmen develop career readiness skills. CPAs receive extensive training from the Career, Leadership and Professional Development staff and use that knowledge to meet with and guide students in the career planning process.

Peer Advisors assist students with:

  • Resume critiques and writing resumes from scratch
  • Cover letter construction and content
  • Tips for using LinkedIn
  • Applying for internships and jobs - particularly navigating Stags4Hire
  • Sharing interview tips

Expectations:

CPAs volunteer 4 – 7 hours per week during the Academic and Career Development Center’s drop-in hours and at events and programs on campus. Drop-in hours are from 1 – 4 p.m. on Monday – Friday. CPAs do presentations in residence halls and to clubs, attend information/career fairs on behalf of the Academic and Career Development Center, and plan their own events. They also help market the Center's events as well as the CPA program.

CPAs are expected to attend one mandatory full-day training in the beginning of the semester (10am – 3pm on Saturday, September 10th) and hour-long bi-weekly meetings.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Demonstrated engagement in personal career development, including but not limited to: experience with individual counseling with Academic and Career Development Center staff, completion of Sophomore Success, and/or attendance at Academic and Career Development Center events and workshops
  • Interest in helping fellow students with career-related questions and concerns
  • Ability to present in a group setting and collaborate with peers effectively
  • Previous internship or work experience
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel preferred) and social media tools

How to Participate: Applications for 2017-2018 will be available in spring 2017. Apply Today.

For more information contact John at jhottinger@fairfield.edu or call (203) 254-4081.

Senior Launch Series

We know that when you’re a senior you tend not to want to think about your life after Fairfield and just enjoy the moment. We encourage you to enjoy your last year but we also don’t want you to be super stressed come graduation time because you’re still not sure how to start the job search process. That’s why we’ve created a series of programs to answer some of the most important questions seniors have.

What is the Senior Launch Series?

A series of programs designed for seniors to help them prepare for life after Fairfield. We know it's a stressful time so let us help you get on the right track!

Senior topics can include:

  • Finding an apartment in NYC
  • Evaluating benefits and job offers
  • Backpack to Briefcase - This event is co-sponsored with the Student Alumni Association and features recent alumni sharing their advice. Beer, wine, and appetizers are always served.

For more information, e-mail cpc@fairfield.edu or call 203-254-4081.

Sophomore Success

The Academic and Career Development Center invites sophomores to be a part of a series of workshops that include topics such as resume writing, interview skills, networking and more.

What is Sophomore Success?

Sophomore Success is a weekly seminar designed to cultivate your career development skills and knowledge, providing you with a competitive advantage as you move into your junior year. Our goal is to make these sessions fun and informative, so we focus on using real-world examples, having great discussions, and not taking things too seriously. We know it can be stressful to start thinking about life after graduation and we want to help make the process as easy as possible.

Sophomore Success topics can include:

  • How to write a resume
  • Tips for networking with alumni
  • Applying for internships and jobs
  • LinkedIn
  • Interviewing skills
  • and more!

When: Students meet weekly during fall semester. 

Who: Anyone in their sophomore year. We have had participants from all majors, schools, and career interests.

How to Participate: Sign up on the Academic and Career Development Center OrgSync Portal - Registration is closed. Check back for updates on registration or contact us at 203-254-4081.  

Here are some responses from an anonymous survey of students who have participated in Sophomore Success:

"Sophomore Success has thoroughly prepared me for jobs and internships. I have learned how to handle different situations and avoid putting myself in bad ones. I would recommend Sophomore Success to every sophomore in the fall."

"I learned a lot about what it takes to get a job after college. I learned many useful skills and resources to utilize, such as LinkedIn. I found this seminar to be very helpful."

"I still have a lot to prepare for my career outside of school, but now know how to go about doing so."

For more information, e-mail cpc@fairfield.edu or call 203-254-4081.

Post-Grad Career Fair Participant List

Amate House
Blessed Sarnelli Community
Bon Secours Volunteer Ministry
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries
Career Resources, Inc.
Center for FaithJustice
Connecticut Renaissance
CT Campus Compact
Fairfield University Campus Ministry
FrancisCorps
Good Shepherd Volunteers
International Institute of Connecticut
Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University
Jesuit Volunteer Corps
Jesuit Volunteer Corps-Northwest
Lasallian Volunteers
Maggie's Place
Match Education
Passionist Volunteers International
Project Purple
Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT)
Public Allies Connecticut
Rostro de Cristo
RSHM Volunteer Program
Saint Martin de Porres High School
SSJ Mission Corps
Teach For America
The Starfish Foundation, Inc.
Volunteers in Mission - Bernardine Franciscan Sisters
VolunteerSquare.com

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