Despite being unable to meet in person right now, some Edinboro students seized an opportunity to advance their academic – and eventually – their career futures.
On Sept. 14, 10 students from Edinboro University’s School of Business recently attended the 2020 CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Society Pittsburgh Career Fair, hosted this year on Zoom.
“Throughout the event, students were provided with tips on building their resumes, interviewing skills, and were also able to interact with recruiting officers from thirteen various financial institutions,” said Dr. Shaun Pfeiffer, an associate professor in the Business and Economics Department.
The event, according to Pfeiffer, consisted of roughly three and a half hours of various sessions. These sessions included the “Building Your Network – Network and Making Connections for Career Success” session, “The CFA Charter and Program Explained” session on exams and entrance into the CFA Society Pittsburgh, six Employer Breakout sessions, and a “Job Search Strategy Uncensored” session that concluded the event.
“I thought it was effective in the sense that it informed the students about a number of internship and career opportunities available at companies that participated in the event,” Pfeiffer said. “That said, any virtual event has a different feel to it in the sense that students aren’t shaking hands with employers and swapping resumes or business cards. It’s just a different job market environment where we all have to adapt in order to make meaningful connections.”
The students found the career fair to be worthwhile.
“It was an eye-opening educational experience that really exposed me to some career options and networking opportunities that I had not considered before attending,” said Edinboro student Ward Ries. “Though I cannot speak for other students, I believe this was beneficial for our programs because it was an effective way of educating students on different internship and job opportunities while also teaching the importance and way to obtain the CFA designation.”
Pfeiffer agreed. “The students benefit any time there’s an event where the students have a chance to interact with the top recruiting officials from companies such as Erie Insurance, PNC and BNY Mellon.”
All students are enrolled in Edinboro University’s Personal Financial Planning and/or Finance Programs.
For information about Edinboro University’s Personal Financial Planning Program and/or Finance Program, please contact Dr. Michael Engdahl at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Shaun Pfeiffer at email@example.com.
Top row (left to right): Dr. Shaun Pfeiffer, John Pulice, Azare Mercer and Alyssa Bogardus. Middle row: Alex Umble, Steven Myers, Ward Ries and Amber Hepler. Third row: Audra Miller and Ashlee Hohman. Not pictures: Zachery Jaggi.