New Faces at Wednesday's Career Fair
Michigan Tech's Career Fair is from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 21) in the multi purpose room of the Student Development Complex. Among the 223 recruiting organizations attending are several attending the biannual event for the first time. Jennifer Wall, communications manager for Career Services says, "We are so excited for Spring Career Fair. We've got 37 companies who are either new or haven't participated in the past five years or more."
Among the new companies are some household names, according to Steve Patchin, director of Career Services. "News headliner Tesla will recruit on the Tech Campus for the first time, along with Tata Consultancy Services, a subsidiary of the multinational Tata Group. In addition, Komatsu Mining Corp., Challenge Manufacturing and RTI Surgical will be here, just to name a few.”
Patchin says Michigan Tech's growing reputation is attracting new recruiters. "We are building a reputation based on performance. It's a team effort across campus. It's faculty showcasing their research, students innovating real-world projects in class and through Enterprise. And it's alumni making significant contributions to industry."
Patchin calls it a paradigm shift. "Organizations are saying 'I want more of you.' We're not approaching employers anymore, they're approaching us."
Wall says to accommodate the increase in first-time recruiters and those returning after a few years, Career Services will hold a new recruiter orientation.
While the majority of recruiters are looking for full-time employees, many are also looking for interns and co-ops. As in previous years there are some special events leading up to Wednesday's Career Fair.
- Co-op Internship Expo, 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday (Feb. 20), MUB Ballroom A. A casual expo that lets student network and discover co-op and internship opportunities a day early.
- First-year Undergraduate Mock Career Fair, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 20) MUB Ballroom. Corporate Partners will help first-year students prepare for one of the largest career fairs in the country during this simulated career fair experience.
- Newcomers Corporate Reception, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Alley Makerspace in the MUB basement. Michigan Tech welcomes 15 new organizations to campus with an orientation focused on recruitment tools. Corporate reps will also have the change to meet top talent from honor societies Tau Beta Pie and Alpha Omega Alpha.
Once again this year, members of the Huskies Pep Band will offer valet parking for recruiters. The band will also lead students into the opening of Career Fair with the fight song at noon. Following the fair, there will be an after-hours recruiters reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit the career services web site.