Start with a handshake and end with a job.
The University of Kansas School of Engineering will play host to the Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, on the fifth floor of the Kansas Union.
More than 110 firms and government agencies will be on hand to make connections with prospective employees and interns with technical abilities. All students, especially those in the School of Engineering and other students studying math or the hard sciences, are strongly encouraged to attend. Students can be at any stage of their academic career.
Career fair visitors should come prepared to discuss their strengths and ask questions about the companies and employers. Business attire -- suits, skirts, slacks and dress shirts -- is highly recommended. Students should bring several copies of their resume, although some employers will not accept them at the career fair.
Engineering Career Center, which coordinates the event, expects several hundred students will take part in the career fair. The Career Center’s Web site has a current list of employers scheduled to attend.
Prior to the Career Fair, the KU Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers will hold Evening with Industry, Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Evening with Industry gives students an opportunity to meet with employers of interest in a more relaxed setting. The mingling event includes dinner in the Kansas Union Ballroom and a presentation by Linda Ellis Sims, a KU chemical engineering alumnus and representative of ExxonMobil. Sims also serves on the School of Engineering Advisory Board and the KU Endowment Board of Trustees.
Advance reservations and tickets are required for the event, which begins at 6 p.m. More than 30 employers from a variety of fields will send representatives to Evening with Industry.
Preparing for the Event
Staff at the Career Center have noted there are many ways students can prepare for a career fair, but three of the most important steps are to:
• research the hiring organization
• prepare a perfect resume, and
• learn how to deliver “the 1-minute miracle speech” about themselves.
The Career Center, 1001 Eaton Hall, helps students prepare for the career fair through resume reviews, interview workshops and individual consultation. ECC conducts several workshops that can help students prepare for their career. The center also has a number of tips for getting the most out of a career fair.
To find out more about Engineering Career Center, go to www.ecc.ku.edu. Or stop by the Engineering Career Center office at 1001 Eaton Hall, 1520 W. 15th St., Lawrence, Kan. 66045. Contact ECC staff at (785) 864-3891 or firstname.lastname@example.org.