2-day Career Expo to feature more than 300 employers
Published February 5, 2014
Recent NDSU graduate Jamie Blazek was awestruck when she first arrived at the Career Expo.
Booths with potential employers filled the Fargodome floor. People bustled from place to place. A buzz filled the air. She didn’t know where to start.
At that moment, Blazek wished she had attended the event before she was months away from graduation.
“I was blown away,” said Blazek, now an events assistant for the NDSU Career Center, which sponsors the yearly event. “I couldn’t believe how big it was.”
The Career Expo, which gives students the opportunity to talk with company representatives, mingle with recruiters and make connections that could help lead to the start of a career, is scheduled for Feb. 25-26 at the Fargodome. More than 300 employers will be on hand to greet an expected 1,400 students.
The event could be a student’s first contact with a potential employer, an encounter that could help land an internship or full-time job.
With that in mind, Jill Wilkey, NDSU Career Center director, urges students to do their homework.
“Students should identify priority employers they want to talk to,” Wilkey said. “If they understand who is there and do a little research about the companies before they arrive it will put them way ahead of the masses that don’t do that.”
The first day of the Career Expo is focused on agriculture, business and liberal arts. The second day is geared toward students majoring in engineering, design, science and technology.
Wilkey said employers have responded positively to the Career Expo because of the quality of the event and the students. The event has shattered last year’s record for employers in attendance: 79 on Day 1 and 153 on Day 2.
A total of 131 employers are signed up for Day 1 and 218 for Day 2.
Kim Teske, NDSU Career Center technology and events coordinator, said 90 percent of the businesses registered this year indicate they are looking for full-time employees. However, many also are seeking interns.
Many employers will conduct interviews the day after meeting with students. Businesses from across the country will be represented, but the highest concentration will be from North Dakota and Minnesota.
“Never again in their lives will students have this many employers in one place coming to them,” Teske said.
Wilkey said it is important for students to update their resume and make an appointment well before the Career Expo to have it critiqued by the Career Center.
To make the most of the opportunity, students should dress professionally, practice their 60-second introduction to potential employers and bring several copies of their resume.
Wilkey recommends students at any stage of their academic career at NDSU attend the Career Expo.
“Employers want to identify talent earlier and earlier,” Wilkey said. “The national trend is to very specifically identify interns earlier than that final year of college. The Career Expo is a one-stop shop for employers. I think that is one of the reasons the event keeps growing.”
For more information and for an instructional video on how to prepare and what to expect at the Career Expo, visit www.ndsu.edu/career/career_expo/.