The fall Career and Internship Expo encouraged new students to set 4-year goals and seniors to think about their career more seriously on Oct. 18 and 19 in the CSU Ballroom.
More than 800 students attended the first day of expo, and over 115 companies participated. Students and companies alike were enthusiastic to work together. Companies were eager to hire students for summer internships, some for part time jobs.
“Students were ready to talk about summer opportunities,” said the City of Minneapolis Company representative. “We are following up with over 50 students.”
Students were ready to impress companies and they were keen to be hired as an intern or full-time employee.
“It is really great for students,” said Hamza Abbasi, Civil Engineering student. “It is helpful and we can know how to proceed in our job options. It is good for our profile in terms of job prospects.”
Different optimistic opinions from students were shared, but still there were students who could not attend the expo because of schedule conflicts.
“Students came out from expo with a big smile on their face,” said Rachel Hoehn who worked the information table.
“It was a great experience,” said Sehreen Suleman, a nursing student. “I got more information about companies. Even more, it is good opportunity for networking.”
The Career Development Center played a pivotal role in making the fair a success. The CDC encouraged students to seize the opportunities the fair presented and to be fully prepared. They even designed an information booklet where they mentioned what to wear, resume help, etc. The CDC even provided free professional headshots for those attending the event.
“There were a lot of construction management and information technology companies,” said Matt Carlson the Assistant Director.
The expo not only brought awareness to students about career opportunities, but also helped them realize which discipline can be the best for them and how it is beneficial for job perspective. It is a good opportunity to contact companies directly. There were companies like Optum who were interviewing students on the spot.
Studies and jobs are interlinked, and we can’t deny the importance of experience that can be gained by working in companies. This fair opened optimistic paths for students and make them realize that, “Yes, you can do it.”