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CareerLAB hosts two career fairs

Tuesday’s event to focus on tech, while Wednesday will feature varied line-up of employers

A career fair hosted Wednesday by the Center for Careers and Life After Brown will bring over 90 employers to campus, while the Department of Computer Science has partnered with CareerLAB to host a separate technology career fair Tuesday.

The stand-alone technology session marks the first time CareerLAB has organized a separate fall career fair for technology employers.

“The goal was to accommodate more employers,” said Jim Amspacher, interim director of career services, adding that 42 employers will participate in the technology fair and that some employers will attend both Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s sessions.

A total of 113 unique employers will come to campus between the two fairs, an uptick from last year’s count of 94.

The general career fair includes employers from fields including education, marketing and advertising, social activism, government and public health.

“The organizations that (choose) to come to career fairs have the resources for large-scale recruitment and an interest in Brown students,” Amspacher said. “You can see the strong interest in hiring Brown students.”

To help students interested in sectors that recruit less heavily through career fairs, CareerLAB will host a series of more than a dozen “Alumni Career Pathways Programs” with alums who work in the arts, education, international development and public interest fields, headed.

Wednesday’s fair will also have a complimentary photobooth, where students can have their photos taken for professional purposes, he said.

Students will also have the chance to visit the professional school fair in Kasper Multipurpose Room Wednesday to meet with admission representatives from law schools and careers in the health sector.

Hannah Begley ’15 said she is frustrated that the career fair does not bring more legal employers for students like herself who do not plan on going directly to law school after graduation. She will attend Wednesday’s career fair despite the feeling that her path has been largely ignored throughout her time at Brown, she added.

“CareerLAB and (the) career fair really try to herd students toward finance and consulting,” she said, adding that she does not believe the University bears full responsibility for the popularity of certain fields. “It’s not the school’s fault — those are just the employers who reach out the most.”

Some students said they approved of the creation of a separate technology career fair as a way to help differentiate options for job seekers.

“I think it’s a great idea: It makes it less intimidating,” said Emily Reif ’16, who concentrates in computer science and plans on attending both fairs. She added that she thinks the separate technology fair will feature a “good mix” of big companies and startups.


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