University Sponsored Fall Career Expo

Kelly Adkins, Contributing Writer

Whatever the outcome is for the undergraduate and graduate students who attended this year’s Career Expo, local employers said the event can be beneficial.

This year’s Fall Career Expo brought 114 employers and more than 800 students into the Beckerman Recreation Center on Wednesday, Sept. 18, and offered students the chance to get information on volunteering, internship, and part-time and full-time job opportunities. The expo filled the lower-level courts, including the glass-encased MAC court.

Lynette Lamberti, human resources generalist for Connecticut Distributors Inc., said that New Haven students were engaged at the fair. She said she connected with many students who will be added to “the talent pipeline for future positions.”

Justin Thornton, housing operations and technical manager for Yale Conferences and Events, said their summer program positions are filled by many University of New Haven students. He said that even meeting one person who they genuinely connect with can make the event worthwhile. Thornton is a University of New Haven alumni.

Lamberti said her company was attending the Expo for the first time. She called the expo’s presentation “very buttoned up” and she praised the helpful event staff.

At least one employer had suggestions for the next fair. Yvette Velez, from the Center for Family Justice, said the event offered promise but the MAC court might have deterred students from visiting her table, as it disrupted the flow of foot traffic.