FBI, PwC and Deloitte Attend Touro’s Career Fair
Touro Students Meet with Prospective Employers
Forty-one employers, including the FBI, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the New York City Transit System, flocked to Touro’s annual fall career fair, held at Lander College for Women/The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School, to meet students.
“Touro graduates are driven,” said Marc Zharnest, Director of Operations-Corporate Marketing and Admissions for Centers Health Care, a health care provider that was at the fair. “Touro graduates demonstrate good work ethic and are team-players.”
LCW’s auditorium was filled with the steady hum of conversation as students from Touro’s undergraduate programs chatted amiably while waiting in line to meet with recruiters.
“I’m looking for a full-time job,” stated Sara Tova Popovych, a Ukranian student at Lander College of Arts and Science (LAS) in Flatbush. “I also wanted the experience of having interviews.”
Though it’s still too early to tell if any landed a full-time position, many students were happy for the chance to test out their interviewing skills.
Steven Treitel, of Lander College for Men (LCM), said he was nervous during the first interview he had with an accounting recruiter at the fair, but was comfortable by the second. “The accounting program is spectacular at LCM so I knew the language and what they were looking for,” Treitel added.
Dr. Robert Goldschmidt, executive dean of LAS and vice president of Touro College, explained that the career fair was part of Touro’s goal of “facilitating the transition from school to career.” Prior to the fair, career services ran several career workshops and interview prep sessions for the students. “The more we can do for our students, the better,” he said.
“Students have the opportunity to be interviewed and create a relationship with employers that they are interested in,” said Ronald Ansel, Director of Career Services at LCM.
Joshua Berger, a student at LAS, agreed. “Someone sees me as a real person now,” he said after handing over his resume to a potential employer. “It’s a chance to make an impression.”
The fair also allowed students to get more information about their chosen careers. Bracha Adler, of LCW, said she had learned something from her meeting with a recruiter at a large accounting firm. “Working for the big four is great,” said Adler, referring to the largest four accounting firms in the US, “but it comes with difficulty.” She said she was considering looking for a mid-size firm instead.
Some students were capping off a successful experience at last year’s career fair. Yael Parkoff, of LCW, was offered an internship at Deloitte after the spring career fair she attended. She was back again looking for next summer’s internship. “It’s good networking,” she explained. “You know about the firms and they have your information.”
For one recruiter, Deloitte’s Jonathan Parmett, an LAS alum himself, appearing at the career fair was coming full-circle. He praised the students with whom he met. “A number come in well-informed and earnest, ready to break into the working world,” Parmett said. “It’s exciting to be on the other side of the table and be able to provide insight into the working world.”