Recent job fair in Boston
Students from the Hill attended the Liberal Arts Recruiting Consortium (LARC), a job and internship fair held in Boston, last Friday, November 5.
LARC allows employers to meet students from eight different liberal arts colleges—Colby, Bates College, Connecticut College, the College of the Holy Cross, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, Trinity College and Union College—“who work together to make this [event] happen every year,” Associate Director of the Career Center Cate Talbot Ashton ’80 said.
Student from all class years were encouraged to visit the fair to converse with over 40 employers and learn more about job and internship opportunities, Ashton said.
Many seniors participated in actual job interviews at LARC. “Seniors could submit applications to a list of employers for particular jobs and could be invited to interview,” she said.
All of the employers represented at LARC had at least one Boston office and represented a variety of career fields, including non-profit organizations, government organizations, education and finance, Ashton said.
Twelve students attended the career fair portion of the event, and 16 students who attended LARC completed a total of 35 interviews throughout the day, Ashton said. Although students missed a day of classes on the Hill—busses left campus at 6 a.m. and did not return until 9 p.m.—LARC provided students with the opportunity to meet a large variety of employers. “Some of the employers that come to [LARC] also come to campus, [but] some of these are organizations that would never make the trip up to Maine or would never take the time to send somebody to each of our colleges, but are interested in all of [the students at the eight colleges],”â€ˆAshton said.
Nate Bangura ’11, an economics and government double major, interviewed with two companies, Cambridge Associates and Mathmatica Policy Research, while attending the fair.“I thought it was really helpful to get in so many interviews in one day and be able to meet with companies,” he said. “It was a long day, but it was definitely a great experience.”
Bangura said the Career Center was “very helpful” throughout his job search process. “They’re probably the best resource as far as getting out there and finding a job,” he said. “They make the connections for you, rather than having to go out and find these other places.”