JPJ hosts diversity career day
University Career Services hosted a Diversity Career Day in the John Paul Jones Arena Wednesday to introduce prospective employers to students from colleges and universities in Virginia and Washington, D.C. The regional recruiting event attracted more than 150 companies, government agencies and nonprofits seeking candidates with diverse backgrounds, according to University Career Services. More than 1,300 students attended the event.
Employers across the board were impressed with the quality of students attending the event, they said.
“I like the fact that there were schools here besides U.Va., like Longwood, JMU, Sweet Briar and VCU,” said Kenny Ayscue, multichannel retailer Plow and Hearth representative.
Though students from across Virginia attended, University students benefited from the fair’s proximity. “I’m really glad U.Va. has this resource while other students have to come here,” third-year Batten student Victor Nguyen said.
This is the 29th annual Diversity Career Day and the seventh year the John Paul Jones Arena has hosted the event. Organizations in attendance ranged from Capital One to Charlottesville City Public Schools.
“It was a little better last year,” fourth-year College student Martin Lecher said. “I’m not as interested in commerce, and there were plenty of people here like that. The CIA came last year, but they didn’t this year. I’m more interested in private sector and government, so it was a little disappointing.”