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Fall Career Fair to Be Largest in Decades

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
[Hundreds of students and employers will attend the Fall Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair]

More than 120 employers will be on hand to recruit future employees and interns at the Fall Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair at the University of Kansas.

The career fair, which runs from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Kansas Memorial Union, is open to all students regardless of major. However, most employers will focus on students studying engineering, computer science, math and other hard sciences. Representatives in the Engineering Career Center say this is the largest employer turnout in two decades.

The considerable size of the event is prescribing some changes in this year’s career fair. Students will check in at the career fair on the sixth floor of the Union and visit with employers on the sixth and fifth floors. More than 900 students are expected to take advantage of the occasion to make connections with industry representatives.

“Some companies only come to campus in the fall so if students miss the career fair they may miss an opportunity with the company altogether for the year,” said Cathy Schwabauer, director of Engineering Career Center. “Some companies fill both their full-time and internship positions in September and October of each year.”

[Students make important connections at School of Engineering career fairs.]

ECC staff members recommend students dress in business professional attire – suit or nice slacks, shirt or blouse, tie and dress shoes – and bring numerous copies of their resume. Attendees also are advised to review the list of employers attending the event and prepare questions for specific employers of interest. The Career Center, 1001 Eaton Hall, and University Career Center have several events and workshops planned prior to the career fair that can help students prepare.

The Engineering Career Center has scheduled a shuttle bus to take students from the bus stop in front of the engineering complex to the main entry of the Kansas Union during the career fair. Buses will arrive every 15 minutes between noon and 5:30 p.m.

Resources:

Students can find a list of tips to help them prepare for the career fair.

Engineering Career Center and University Career Center offer several workshops.

The Fall Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair list of employers scheduled to attend.



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