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

Students talk to an employer at a career fair

The Career and Internship Fair is a valuable opportunity for students to network with employers and learn about a wide range of internship and employment opportunities available to Fairfield University students. With employers offering a variety of career and internships opportunities, the Career and Internship Fair offers students the perfect opportunity to explore their professional interests and launch their career. 



Peer Advisor Program

Academic and Career 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 will be available in spring 2017.

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 Seminar Series?

The Senior Seminar Series is a series of events that focuses on major issues students face as they prepare for life after graduation. These events give seniors a chance to engage with staff as well as outside experts to get the information they need in order to prepare for their next step.

Senior Seminar 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 acdc@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 acdc@fairfield.edu or call 203-254-4081.

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