Hospitality and Tourism Career Fair Gives Job Seekers Pre-Graduation Networking Opportunities

February 9, 2012 by Michael J. Freedman

Kelly Canizaro, front office manager at The Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan, N.Y., speaks with Niagara University student Brittany Ellis during Wednesday's Career Fair.

Niagara University's College of Hospitality & Tourism Management prides itself on many of its unique accomplishments, but none moreso than its ability to place nearly 100 percent of its students in jobs upon graduation.

A major reason for that success is the college's insistence on providing undergraduates with several chances to network with potential employers ”“ before they ever receive a diploma. The latest of these opportunities took place Feb. 8, when the college co-hosted an on-campus Career Fair with NU's Office of Career Services.

Nearly 50 tourism and hospitality companies, ranging from the Buffalo Bisons AAA baseball club to the world-famous Waldorf=Astoria Hotels & Resorts, participated in the event. Businesses travel from as far away as South Carolina (American Hospitality Academy), Texas (Rosewood Hotels & Resorts) and Florida (Walt Disney World College Program) to recruit graduates of NU's highly-regarded program.

“We are very proud to host such an impressive list of companies year after year, especially given today's unsettled economic climate,” stated Dr. Gary Praetzel, dean of NU's College of Hospitality & Tourism Management. “With so much being made of the difficult time that new grads are having find jobs, our placement rate remains excellent. Accordingly, it is quite common for us to hear from alumni several years after they graduate, thanking us for the opportunity they received directly from these types of events.”

For a full list of participating companies, please click here.

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