Meet the Firms and Industry Night Fairs Show Students Glimpses of Future by Devin Smith, CSUN Today
Employers are consistently striking gold at two career fairs hosted by CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics’ Industry Night and the Meet the Firms event. Companies went mining again at both events, held virtually this fall to connect well-known businesses and firms with students.
“I only go back to schools that I see career success from, and CSUN is undoubtedly one of them,” said Amanda Luu, senior campus recruiter for Target. “The quality of these students automatically makes us want to invest in them. Historically, we have had a great base of CSUN alumni on our teams, and I do not see that changing any time soon.”
Luu aimed to recruit management candidates for the retail giant at Industry Night, which took place Sept. 23. The event gave CSUN students the perfect chance to connect with employers and companies, with the potential to find a career.
Forty-four employers — including Goldman Sachs, Keller Williams Real Estate/Niko LA Leasing, JusticeCorps, Target, and Aflac — engaged with students during group and one-on-one sessions. Representatives spoke about job opportunities, career outlooks, networking, and other topics to help students identify their post-graduation plans. They also provided contact information and job applications, offering students further opportunities to follow up with their companies.
Owner Niko Deleon represented Keller Williams Realty/Niko LA Leasing. He has been working with CSUN students for five years, and he called CSUN a hotspot for creative and talented students with high potential.
“First and foremost, CSUN students are awesome because they have the uncanny ability to create original content,” Deleon said. “Their organizational skills are of a much higher caliber [compared] to other institutions.”
Meet the Firms, the largest career fair for accounting and information systems students in Southern California, was held on three separate days: Sept. 21, Sept. 29, and Oct. 7. The event gave CSUN students the opportunity to showcase themselves and their resumes in one-on-one sessions with representatives from Big Four, mid-tier, regional, local, private industry, and government firms. Students were able to schedule up to 18 ten-minute sessions per day.
One of the individuals who offered these sessions was Keilyn Robinson, campus recruiter for Ernst & Young. Robinson said CSUN students are the reason why the Big Four company continues to come back to the event each year.
“CSUN has a diverse candidate pipeline, and it really sets it apart. The students here are skilled, prepared, and ready for the workforce based on the courses offered,” Robinson said. “We’ve had an amazing history with CSUN students and this event in general. Currently, our firm has over 200 CSUN alumni, and we are always looking for more — which is why we continue to come to this campus.”