The largest number of employers–115–in the nine-year history of The City University of New York’s Big Apple Job Fair gathered on April 30 for the chance to recruit nearly 5,000 CUNY graduating seniors and recent alumni at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
“The single most critical component in the success or failure of your businesses are your people,” keynote speaker New York State Comptroller H.Carl McCall told employers at a kick-off breakfast. “The buzzword these days is ‘Human Capital.’ Capital is a lever, but it takes the genius and creativity of humans to operate that lever, to make it useful. I can assure you, most all of the graduates of CUNY have that skill. They know how to operate that lever.”
Employers representing a variety of industries including AT&T, Abbott Laboratories, American International Group, The Bank of New York, Bloomberg L.P., Brooklyn Union, Grey Advertising, Lockheed Martin Fairchild Defense Systems, Simon & Schuster and Xerox, were among those interviewing CUNY students at the all-day event.
CUNY Chancellor W. Ann Reynolds said, "As CUNY continues to fuel the economic engine of the metropolitan area, more of the region’s companies are showing an interest in CUNY students. Because so many CUNY students have worked throughout their college years, they have acquired an array of professional responsibilities no university in the world could teach them.”
Edith B. Everett, a member of the CUNY Board of Trustees who founded the CUNY Job Fair, was among other distinguished speakers at the breakfast. “For 150 years,” she said, “CUNY and its constituent institutions have meant access to education and economic mobility to New York families. The University’s reputation is synonymous with hope and achievement. Today, we can see first-hand the relationship between CUNY and the economy and the demand for an educated workforce.”
Among the large variety of jobs listed by recruiters were financial officer, telecommunications analyst, editor, computer engineer, health care administrator, geophysicist, teacher, cryptologic mathematician, astronomer, psychologist, editor, engineer and legislative policy analyst.
The Job Fair, administered by CUNY’s Office of Student Affairs and the CUNY Career Counseling and Placement Association, is designed to give CUNY students a head start on their careers and access to a large and diversified group of major employers.