By Carly Smith
Editor, the Gauntlet,
As one of the organizers of the AIESEC Careers Day, I just want to comment on your editorial about our event.
I understand your concerns about diversity in the companies attending the event and want to admit that we did not reach students of all backgrounds and this was a disappointment. Organizing an event for the entire student population was our top priority this year and I hope that next year’s team will do the same and have more success with doing so. On the other hand, we live in a city in which the energy industry prevalent.
I disagree that the event was in effective for students because of the time frame. Many companies post summer positions in September–and the deadlines for applications will close in the next month. Students who ignore these deadlines and do not expose themselves will not get top-level summer positions. Career Services will tell you whether you are graduating or need summer work, the time to start looking is now. The event provides students with networking opportunities and exposure to companies who are recruiting and can advise them on how to find employment–whether that be for next summer or even next semester.