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Story by Elizabeth Thompson ’21, photos by Clay Wegrzynowicz

Gateway Career Center recently hosted its annual fall career fair to give students an opportunity to network with employers, practice their interview skills, and learn more about job and internship positions. 

Gateway hosted more than 55 companies that represented a wide range of organizations, including nonprofits, finance, engineering, arts, and media, giving students exposure to a variety of career paths. 

“We really strive for a diverse mix of organizations and companies because we have such an array of interests from our students, ” said Mike Summers, assistant vice president and director of Gateway Career Center. “It helps that our alumni have such an affinity for the institution, and they want to come because they know we have very talented students.”

Indeed, more than 50 alumni attended the fair. Jimmy Cochran ’18 said he was eager to return to campus to interact with students and share opportunities offered by New York City real estate company Berkadia, where he is a real estate analyst.

“The career fair gave me great exposure because coming in my freshman year, I had no clue what I wanted to do,” he said. “By going to the career fair and other Gateway events, I was exposed to all the different career paths out there and able to develop relationships that eventually led to my job.” 

Other alumni in attendance also benefited from the career fair as students. 

“I got my job from visiting the M&T table at the career fair and making a connection when I was a student, said James Frahm ’18, an associate comprehensive capital analysis and review analyst for M&T Bank in Buffalo, N.Y. “It is really exciting to be back here on the other side because I can relate to the students. It also feels really good to be able to give back and potentially help a student find a job.”

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