March 2018

Message from the Interim Executive Director

Dear Employer Partners,

It’s hard to believe we’re already more than halfway through the academic year. So far, there’s been more than 2,500 on-campus interviews, nearly 19,000 jobs posted in Princeton's Handshake system and about 80 employer events during this busy year. Your role in helping students with their career exploration process makes you an essential part of our Tiger Career Community.

While we may be coming up on the end of another recruiting cycle, there’s still plenty of opportunities for us to work together to meet your talent acquisition goals and to provide meaningful professional development and experiences for Princeton students. In addition to the upcoming On-Campus Recruiting (May 22) registration, opportunities like coffee chats, career panels, educational projects, Princeton Research Day, Princeton Social Media Day and more are still available.

If you have any feedback or suggestions for new ways we can collaborate, I encourage you to send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you and continuing to work together.

With gratitude,
Eva Kubu, interim executive director, Office of Career Services

P.S. Please feel free to connect with me on Twitter by following @eva_kubu and #FairyJobMother, and to follow along on Princeton Social Media Day via the hashtag #PUSocialDay.

Save the Date: 2018-19 On-Campus Recruiting (OCR) Registration

Registration for next year's OCR program will begin Tuesday, May 22, 2018. A save the date and invitation will be sent later in the spring. In the meantime, if you have any questions about recruiting at Princeton, check out our employer website.  

Q&A with Hayley Hedgpeth

Q: How long have you been working at Princeton Career Services?
A: I’ve been at Career Services for a year and a half now.

Q: Tell us a little about what you do?
A: As part of the Employer Outreach team, I proactively research and engage new employers based on student interests. Since many of these employers are unfamiliar with Princeton and our students, I help them navigate the recruiting process and build their brand on campus, whether that is plugging into one of our amazing HireTigers Meetups, finding an alumni advocate to host a Princeternship or collaborating on a new, creative way to find the right Princeton talent.

Q: What do you enjoy the most about working with employers/talking to employers about?
A: Everything about my job is always new: New events like Meet Princeton, where we present all over the country to alumni and employers, new ways to partner on campus, and of course, new employers. I enjoy learning more about an employer during our initial meeting and then strategizing together to connect students with their opportunities.

Q: What is your favorite memory or fun fact about what you do?
A: I absolutely love when an adviser shares a challenging student career path–plays football for Princeton, is majoring in mechanical engineering, loves entrepreneurship, and wants to relocate to the Pacific Northwest–and I have a company that combines those seemingly disparate interests. I get so excited when we come together to find the perfect fit for our students. 

Q: Who is Hayley outside of work?
A: At work, I’m always meeting employers and networking, so when I’m home, you can find me quietly recharging with a good book, new recipe or the latest Netflix series. 

Partner spotlight: Qianqian Cai, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Q: What does Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) do?
A: SOM is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firms in the world. Since its founding more than 80 years ago, SOM has earned a reputation for design excellence with a portfolio that includes some of the most important architectural accomplishments of the 20th and 21st centuries, and has been a leader in the research and development of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of which have had a palpable and lasting impact on the design profession and the physical environment. The firm’s longstanding leadership in design and building technology has been honored with nearly 2,000 awards for quality, innovation, and management.

One of the most valuable experience I gained at SOM is the opportunity to collaborate with talented professionals from different disciplines – urban planning, structural engineering, MEP and civil engineers, as well as interior designers. To brainstorm a project together from different perspectives helps form a more integrated and higher quality design.

Q: From an employer perspective, what do you get out of the Princeternship experience?
A: Sarah, the undergraduate student who came to SOM for the program, thanked us for hosting the Princeternship and let us know that the experience helped her make up her mind about her career path. If we can help a student decide about her future plans, especially to pursue a career in our own field, then that’s what it’s all about. We hope experiences like this will draw more students to SOM.

Q: What experiences did you consider to be most valuable for career development? Why?
A: For me, internships are incredibly valuable experiences. It’s a great opportunity to get know the culture and working environment of a company and offers great exposure for you in the company and start building professional relationships. Many SOM interns return as full-time employees thanks to the skills and expertise learned during their internship.

Register for Coffee Chat Week

You’re invited to sign up for Coffee Chat Week (March 26-30). Coffee chats give you an opportunity to meet with students one-on-one or in small groups to talk about your organization, opportunities, career paths and other professional topics. This is not intended to be a recruiting event. Questions? Contact recruit@princeton.edu. You can sign up through Handshake by creating an event request for a day that week. Please note it will be part of Coffee Chat Week.