Science and Engineering Career Fair draws more than 100 employers

When it comes to recruiting talented college students, the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering is on the short list for many employers.

More than 100 employers of all sizes and across all academic disciplines will attend the Science and Engineering Career Fair 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25 at the TCF Bank Stadium, DQ Room. The Career Fair had to move to a new venue this semester due to the increasing number of companies from across the country wanting to attend. The event is sponsored by the Career Center for Science and Engineering and the University of Minnesota student chapter of IEEE.

Something for everyone

The Career Fair not only benefits employers, it is a great opportunity for all students, said Darren Kaltved, coordinator of student programs at the Career Center for Science and Engineering (CCSE). First-year students can learn about future career opportunities and junior and senior year students can make in-person connections for an internship or a full-time position.

“It gives everyone an opportunity to learn as much as they can about an organization, so a student can more easily decide if this is a profession for them and their interests,” Kaltved said.

Employers attending range from companies based out of the Twin Cities to large, nationwide organizations, said Meaghan VanderSanden, employee relations coordinator for CCSE.

“The Career Fair is an opportunity for companies to meet students beyond what they see on a piece of paper.”
—Mark Sorenson-Wagner, Career Center Director

For companies like Seagate Technology, which has a product and technology development center in nearby Shakopee, Minn., it is an advantage to recruit where they already have a strong presence, said Shirley Simmons, senior recruiter for Seagate Technology.

“Seagate looks in our own back yard for top talent. We hire graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Minnesota,” Simmons said.

The "right stuff"

In addition to students' academic background, VanderSanden said the employers are drawn to the College of Science and Engineering for the experiences many students are known for outside of the classroom.

“Whether it be research, internships or other student involvement, companies feel our students are well-rounded and possess the characteristics they are looking for,” VanderSanden said.

For students looking for an internship or a full-time position, the Career Fair offers an advantage over just sending a résumé, said Mark Sorenson-Wagner, director of the Career Center for Science and Engineering.

“The Career Fair is an opportunity for companies to meet students beyond what they see on a piece of paper,” he said. “Being able to make that personal connection is extremely valuable.”

A bright future ahead

At the Science and Engineering Career Fair, nearly 1,700 students will be attempting to make that personal connection with more than 100 employers.

For Sorenson-Wagner, it is a number he only sees growing in the future.

“Companies change recruiting strategies every year, but one thing that will never change is that they will always come to these career fairs at the University of Minnesota,” he said. “They find it is always worth their investment.”

For more information

For more information about the Science and Engineering Career Fair, visit www.ccse.umn.edu/springcareerfair/.