Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Strong Turnout Welcomes Graduate & Career Fairs: Students, Recruiters Enthusiastic

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Strong Turnout Welcomes Graduate & Career Fairs: Students, Recruiters Enthusiastic

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Strong Turnout Welcomes Graduate & Career Fairs: Students, Recruiters. Enthusiastic

This fall, Black Issues In Higher Education launched a new program designed to connect students and jobseekers of color with graduate school admissions officers and corporate/agency employment representatives. The Graduate Study & Career Fairs were kicked off in Philadelphia, PA, followed closely by another in Washington, DC. The program was continuing at press time with fairs in Raleigh, NC, and Atlanta, GA.

The fairs won an enthusiastic response. The Philadelphia and Washington fairs drew college students and job-seekers totalling more than 2,000 (Philadelphia - 857 and Washington - 1,173).

"Participant and exhibitor evaluation of the fairs has been very positive," said Frank Burtnett, consultant to the fair program. "The overwhelming response from students is that they learned a great deal through their interaction with admission officers and employment representatives and that they would come again. The stronger presence of graduate schools over corporate exhibitors was the only negative comment, but most students rationalized the imbalance as characteristic of a tight job market beset with downsizing and limited growth opportunities. …

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