Summer 2001

All's Fair on the Job Search



asic business black was clearly the sartorial order of the day when more than 5,000 graduating CUNY students and recruiters from 130 major employers convened at the Javits Center on April 26 for the University's 13th annual Big Apple Job Fair.

Among the distinguished speakers on hand to launch the day-long event were distinguished businesswoman (and CUNY Trustee and faculty member) Kathleen Pesile and Governor George Pataki's chief economist, Dr. Stephen Kagann. The recruiters were on hand to search for future financial analysts, teachers, book editors, engineers, computer specialists, registered nurses, and medical researchers, to name but a few professions represented at this largest university-run job fair in the northeast. Among employers making their debut this year at the Job Fair were the Manhattan law firm of Debevoise and Plimpton, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, CalTeach, and Marriott International.

Putting his students' best foot forward, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein promised a "bright, talented, and motivated" group of job seekers, adding that "two-thirds already have considerable work experience. In fact, 70% of CUNY students work full-time." Goldstein also pointed out that recruiters would be meeting ideal prospective employees for the increasingly global economy: "They are diverse in age, gender and ethnicity. Half of them were born in another country, and, collectively, they speak 160 languages."