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Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair Set for Sept. 14

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

University of Kansas engineering and computer science students on the hunt for a dream job have the chance to make key connections and find the right match at the Fall Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from noon to 5 p.m., on the fifth floor of the Kansas Union.

This year’s career fair will see a more robust presence from prospective employers. Nearly 110 companies are registered – a 44 percent increase from the fall 2010 event.

“It’s great to see such a strong presence from employers at the Career Fair,” said Career Services Director Cathy Schwabauer. “It’s a sign that even while the overall economic outlook for the United States is still cloudy, there’s a real and growing demand for people with skills in engineering and computer science.”

Students are advised to review the complete list of employers schedule to attend and learn something about those of interest prior to arriving. Students are also reminded to dress professionally and arrive with several copies of their resume to share with prospective employers.

The high demand for engineering jobs in the area is evident in a recent announcement from Kansas City-based engineering firm Burns and McDonnell. The company, which will have a presence at the career fair, announced plans earlier this month to add 500 jobs to its Kansas City office by the end of 2013.

Another firm based in the Kansas City area looking to increase its numbers of skilled engineers and computer scientists will also be represented at the career fair. Garmin International, the global leader in satellite navigation, has a number of full-time opportunities now and internship openings in the summer of 2012.

“It definitely is a great time to be an engineer. We have some great projects that our engineers are working on, and we’re looking for some great new hires to help support those projects. It’s very exciting right now,” said Anita Finn, college relations coordinator for Garmin.

The career fair is open to all KU students, but employers will primarily focus on making connections with students in engineering and the hard sciences.



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