2-day Career Expo to feature more than 180 employers
Published February 11, 2013
Senior Amanda Huiras is among hundreds of NDSU students who hope the upcoming Career Expo is a big step toward a bright, successful career.
Scheduled for Feb. 26-27 at the Fargodome, the Career Expo is sponsored by the NDSU Career Center. More than 1,200 NDSU students are expected to attend and connect with the more than 180 employers who will be on hand.
The event gives students a chance to talk with company representatives, mingle with recruiters and demonstrate why they’d make a great employee. “I’m excited to meet new people, and, hopefully, find a job,” said Huiras, an agricultural communication and public relations double major from New Ulm, Minn. She admits feeling a little nervousness about her job search, but she also is confident in her abilities.
“I’ve got some items to prepare for the Expo, like updating my resume and portfolio,” said Huiras. “My main expectation is to network with the professionals who will be there. Because it’s a two-day event this year for the first time, we’ll have more opportunities to meet potential employers.”
The first day of the Career Expo is geared toward students majoring in business, agriculture and liberal arts disciplines, while the second day focuses on students in the engineering and technology disciplines.
Alumni like Aaron Tait, BS ’11, economics, attest to the effectiveness of the Career Expo. During his junior year, Tait secured a summer internship with Mutual of Omaha because of a career fair. Then as a senior, he spoke with five company representatives, gained two interviews and was offered full-time employment by both Syngenta and Archer Daniels Midland Co.
“I really mean it when I say it was the catalyst to my transition into life after NDSU,” Tait said.
Organizers encourage students to view the Career Expo in the same way.
“This is a great opportunity to connect with potential employers,” said Jill Wilkey, Career Center director, noting recruiting interviews for internships and full-time employment will be held during both days of the expo. “This is a must-attend event for students who are looking for internships and employment for the summer and beyond.”
Joel Hanson, director of the Student Support Center in the College of Engineering and Architecture, encourages attendees to refine their resumes and research potential employers on the Career Expo home page. “Being well prepared helps make a good first impression,” he said. “It shows you are motivated, professional and interested in a particular company or organization.”
Susan Council, senior academic adviser in the NDSU College of Business, said seniors and juniors should see the Career Expo as one of their important job search strategies. “The expo is an opportunity for students and recruiters to meet, but it also exposes students to different industries that they may not have previously considered,” Council said. “Freshmen and sophomores can use the event as a vehicle for career exploration. They can chat with recruiters about internships and career opportunities, which will help them make informed choices and give them practice for future interviews.”
According to Wilkey, the nation’s labor market remains challenging, and she encourages students to put their best foot forward. Her advice:
- dress appropriately
- have an updated, polished resume
- research the company beforehand
- ask pertinent questions
“Knowing how to conduct a serious job search is the key to becoming employed. Students should take advantage of all the available resources, and a career fair like the expo is one very big resource,” Wilkey said.
For more information, visit www.ndsu.edu/career.