School of Engineering to host career fair
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
The School of Engineering will be hosting two career fairs, held in the Rome Commons Ballroom on Oct. 2 and Oct. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the benefit of the engineering community. Fairs of this kind connect students and businesses in often fruitful relationships.
These fairs will place an emphasis on undergraduates “seeking internships and co-op opportunities,” though the scope of the event is not limited to these options.
The website gives ample information to companies interested in snagging a spot at the fair. There is allotted space for up to four assistants to greet the students and introduce them to their respective companies. Though the deadline for registration for the first fair has past, companies can register for a space at the second fair with a fee of $295 no later than Oct. 3.
Brian Schwarz, the director of advising in the School of Engineering, is looking forward to the fairs and seeks to help his students with more than “finding a job.” For Schwarz, the fairs will allow students to “explore candidates” and “see what opportunities are waiting.” He recommended that even the freshmen engineering students attend this fair to get a sense of the realities of the future. Students have little to fear, said Schwarz, as “right now the market is coming back for engineering,” and fresh graduates are in demand.
“Participation,” as the UConn School of Engineering website shows, is “limited to 60 companies at each fair.” So with full participation, the industrial fairgoer will have little difficulty in finding companies eager to meet young and talented interns. The true benefits that come out of these events will be seen in the world of engineering in the years to come.
The old adage that “it’s who you know, not what you know” still holds true in most career paths today, and there are plenty of lucrative connections to be made by Engineering majors on Oct. 2 and Oct. 24, that will come to pay off handsomely in the end. Those students looking for connections in or information about various engineering companies will not want to miss this opportunity to expand their horizons.
Brian McClanahan, a 1st-semester graduate studying computer science and engineering, said he’d be very interested in seeing government representation at the fairs. He has “always been planning to go to Homeland Security or the CIA” when he graduates, and the government agencies’ presence (or absence) at the fairs could play a key role in his future. Otherwise, he’ll search for companies who need “data mining” experts, those engineers of the future who will be able to sort through massive data storehouses to move information forward.